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Spring-Fed Pool: Death Valley Labor Day Splash

Spring-Fed Pool: Death Valley Labor Day Splash

Dry heat + a quick getaway: The Ranch at Furnace Creek is open. Read »

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 10:04 PM

New: Condor Nest Cam in Big Sur

New: Condor Nest Cam in Big Sur

Eager to see a chick's progress? And maybe help name the baby? Read »

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Scarecrows: Figures of Fall to Dot Big Bear

Scarecrows: Figures of Fall to Dot Big Bear

Mountain sunshine and autumn icons combine to lend the season some sweetness. Read »

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Seaport Village's 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' Day

Seaport Village's 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' Day

Don your tri-cornered hat, trill those "arrrs," and sail for San Diego. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 10:52 PM

Del Mar Suds: Craft Beer Celebration

Del Mar Suds: Craft Beer Celebration

Horses and hops? It's a bustling Saturday at the Thoroughbred Club. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 9:57 PM

Golden Leaves: California Fall Blog

Golden Leaves: California Fall Blog

Keep track of where the foliage action is happening around the state. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Baby Porcupines: New Living Desert Arrivals

Baby Porcupines: New Living Desert Arrivals

Coo over the recently born porcupettes, in Palm Desert. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 6:47 AM

See It: Ventura's Joyful New Mural

See It: Ventura's Joyful New Mural

Vibrant, dance-tastic, and new: The fresh artwork graces a downtown building. Read »

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:30 PM

Miramonte's 'Free Cabana Rental' Deal

Miramonte's 'Free Cabana Rental' Deal

Making for the desert during the week? You could be in the shade, by the pool, chillaxing, for not much dough. Read »

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 12:04 PM

99 Nifty Ways to 'Find Your Park'

99 Nifty Ways to 'Find Your Park'

The National Park Service is turning 99, and its supportive foundation has ideas on how to celebrate. 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.