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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Raise a Glass: California Wine Month

Raise a Glass: California Wine Month

Delicious events are springing up around the state in September. Read »

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Watermelon Festival: New Location

Watermelon Festival: New Location

The fest, which celebrated its first half century a few years back, lands in the middle of August. Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Santa Barbara Tradition: Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara Tradition: Old Spanish Days

Dancing, shopping, and parades fill the five-day gathering. Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 3:04 PM

Morro Bay Bash: Avocado & Margarita Fest

Morro Bay Bash: Avocado & Margarita Fest

Do you swoon over both flavorful classics? Make for the big rock. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:43 PM

Bibs 'N Butter: Newport Beach Lobsterfest

Bibs 'N Butter: Newport Beach Lobsterfest

The lobster parties are on approach, crustacean fans. Read »

Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Bay Area Bliss: Cheese Parties

Bay Area Bliss: Cheese Parties

If you dig the California artisan to-do in Petaluma each spring, tune into these creamy haps. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016

Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016

The stylish desert bash has tours, talks, more. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 12:50 PM

'40s-Style Swing Night in Anaheim

'40s-Style Swing Night in Anaheim

Take a lesson, then dance downtown during a lively community event. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 at 7:54 AM

Monterey Merry: Scottish Games & Festival

Monterey Merry: Scottish Games & Festival

Caber tossing, bagpipe tunes, and other kilt-cool to-dos await. Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:03 PM

Bodie or Bust: Friends of Bodie Day

Bodie or Bust: Friends of Bodie Day

Throw on your 1800s-style garb and support the beloved ghost town. 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.