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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Now Open: Forestiere Underground Gardens

Now Open: Forestiere Underground Gardens

The Fresno wonder debuts for the warmer season. Read »

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 at 8:59 PM

Wildflowers + Rails: Solano County Spring

Wildflowers + Rails: Solano County Spring

Pass by fields dotted with goldfields and sheep's sorrel, near Fairfield. Read »

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Sweet Sonoma County Farm Weekend

Sweet Sonoma County Farm Weekend

Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies returns (commence cooing). Read »

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 at 9:36 PM

Tasty Time: Calistoga Food and Wine Event

Tasty Time: Calistoga Food and Wine Event

Dig the wine country destination? Here's your two-day chance to get acquainted with its cuisine-and-quaff scene. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Creative at Heart: AGRO Art Contest

Creative at Heart: AGRO Art Contest

The quirky competition will happen at the annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 at 5:59 PM

Housekeeping Camp: 2017 Opening Date

Housekeeping Camp: 2017 Opening Date

You need some Yosemite time in a traditional camp-style setting? You got it. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 at 12:46 PM

The Garland: Spring Beer & Wine Block Party

The Garland: Spring Beer & Wine Block Party

The season has sprung, and the stylish North Hollywood hotel is ready to celebrate outdoors. Read »

Monday, Mar 20, 2017 at 10:54 PM

Guac Delish: Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Guac Delish: Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Prepare to dip a chip — and then another, and another — at this annual alligator pear party. Read »

Monday, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Oak Glen Apple Blossom Festival

Oak Glen Apple Blossom Festival

Do you adore the community's apple-fun fall days? Here's the spring-sweet party. Read »

Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Palm Springs Tram: High-Elevation Hikes

Palm Springs Tram: High-Elevation Hikes

Catch the famous ride up the mountain and then set off on your pine-pretty trek. 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.