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CAKE Expo: Del Mar Delights

CAKE Expo: Del Mar Delights

The just-before-Halloween treat to-do will cover all things baking. Read »

Monday, Sep 26, 2016 at 11:26 PM

Rock On: Morro Bay Harbor Festival

Rock On: Morro Bay Harbor Festival

It's a quintessential ocean-close gathering, with learning, libations, and more. Read »

Monday, Sep 26, 2016 at 11:55 AM

ArtWalk Ventura: Breezy Goodness

ArtWalk Ventura: Breezy Goodness

The pay-nothing self-guided walk-around is nearly a quarter century along. Read »

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Opening: Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

Opening: Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

The Irvine agricultural icon'll start lining up the gourds near the end of September. Read »

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 6:46 AM

Bright Bites: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Bright Bites: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

The flavors are splashy, the wine is full-bodied, and the chefs shall be out in demo-delightful force. Read »

Friday, Sep 23, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Ocean-Close Yoga at Terranea Resort

Ocean-Close Yoga at Terranea Resort

Savor a sun salutation while overlooking the Pacific. Read »

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

The Orange County destination is stirring up some spooky treats for guests. Read »

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:02 AM

Bagpipes in the Air: Seaside Highland Games

Bagpipes in the Air: Seaside Highland Games

Cheer for the tossing of the caber and several more traditional, kilt-cool to-dos in Ventura. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 at 8:02 PM

History on Parade: Los Alamos Old Days

History on Parade: Los Alamos Old Days

Trot for the western-spirited town for this long-running community hoedown. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 at 4:38 AM

Carmel-by-the-Sea Charm: Pumpkin Roll

Carmel-by-the-Sea Charm: Pumpkin Roll

How fast does a gourd tumble down Ocean Avenue? Find out. Read »

About
A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.