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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 at 7:57 AM

Peking Acrobats in Long Beach

Peking Acrobats in Long Beach

Thrill to athletic skills and graceful movements, at the Carpenter Center. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 10:48 PM

Cali4nia Pass Free (After Four Lessons)

Cali4nia Pass Free (After Four Lessons)

Brush up on your slope-swift moves and score a way to ski more. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 4:13 PM

Newport Dunes: Winter Q & Expo

Newport Dunes: Winter Q & Expo

Watch 50 grill-awesome teams cook up their best barbecue at the ocean-close destination. Read »

Monday, Jan 16, 2017 at 9:10 PM

Sea Lion Anniversary: Pier 39 Fun

Sea Lion Anniversary: Pier 39 Fun

Mark the 27th year since the star pinnipeds arrived at the San Francisco attraction. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 10:50 PM

Wine Country Mmm: Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week

Wine Country Mmm: Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week

Vino is a star, as are a number of foodie favorites around the grape-laden region. Read »

Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Mondo Movie Fest in the American Riviera

Mondo Movie Fest in the American Riviera

The February film party is one of the major happenings on the Santa Barbara calendar. Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Ski Fun at Yosemite National Park

Ski Fun at Yosemite National Park

Rent snowshoes at Nordic Center or nab a pair of poles for cross-country adventure. Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 8:59 PM

Mendo Wine & Crab Fest

Mendo Wine & Crab Fest

Get your crab-cakin' on along the pretty ocean-close stretch. Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Fire Pit Time: Lake Tahoe Cozy

Fire Pit Time: Lake Tahoe Cozy

Throw on an extra shawl and relax at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Creekside Inn in Palo Alto: 2017 Package

Creekside Inn in Palo Alto: 2017 Package

Book the "American Breakfast" and get fortified before your day 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.