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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Rhododendrons: Coastal Spring Blooms

Rhododendrons: Coastal Spring Blooms

Redwood-adjacent blossoming follows an April bash in Fort Bragg. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Buellton Wine and Chili Festival

Buellton Wine and Chili Festival

It's a meaty, merlot-esque kind of March party around the wine country town. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Daffodil Splendor: Julian's Spring Hello

Daffodil Splendor: Julian's Spring Hello

Need some sunshine in flower form? Head up the mountain. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Explore the Sounds of Monterey Bay

Explore the Sounds of Monterey Bay

We can name the sights of the sanctuary, but can you describe what's often heard? Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Eye-Popping: Flower Fields to Open

Eye-Popping: Flower Fields to Open

The colorful Carlsbad spread is only open a few weeks each year. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 11:27 AM

Las Brisas: New Dishes

Las Brisas: New Dishes

Enjoy the flavors of SoCal, and Mexico's West Coast, along with those celebrated ocean views. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Lompoc Restaurant Week: $20.17 Deals

Lompoc Restaurant Week: $20.17 Deals

Sup at several spots around the Santa Barbara County burg. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Magic's Afoot on the Queen Mary

Magic's Afoot on the Queen Mary

"Fantasea" returns with a flight of illusionists in tow. Read »

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Tanaka Farms: Presidents Day Strawberry Tours

Tanaka Farms: Presidents Day Strawberry Tours

Spend the holiday Monday learning about how the popular berry grows, in Irvine. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 9:51 PM

Swallows Day Parade: Capistrano History

Swallows Day Parade: Capistrano History

A mercado starts out the festive morning in San Juan Capistrano. 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.