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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 9:33 AM

Catalina Swanky: Avalon Ball

Catalina Swanky: Avalon Ball

Find your swing-hem gown or dance-ready suit and hop a boat to the fabled island. Read »

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:06 PM

Love for Bodie: Benefit Concert

Love for Bodie: Benefit Concert

The ghost town recently weathered some earthquakes, and a harsh winter, but there are ways to show support. Read »

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Ride for Ronnie: Rockin' Fundraiser

Ride for Ronnie: Rockin' Fundraiser

Support the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund at this early-May fundraiser. Read »

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Badwater Salton Sea: Mega Desert Event

Badwater Salton Sea: Mega Desert Event

Teams of runners'll cover 81 miles, from the low inland sea to Mount Palomar, over 28 intense hours. Read »

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 12:59 PM

Yosemite: Main Entry Gets a Reopen Date

Yosemite: Main Entry Gets a Reopen Date

Big Oak Flat Road, from the west, will once again be a way in to the national park. Read »

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 8:39 PM

Phantom Evening: Silver City Ghost Town

Phantom Evening: Silver City Ghost Town

The atmospheric Kern County attraction seeks spirits on a springtime night. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Queen Mary Fourth of July: Tickets on Sale

Queen Mary Fourth of July: Tickets on Sale

Over-the-water fireworks are a shimmery staple of this festive, on-the-boat bash. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Big Sur Escape: Post Ranch Inn Reopens

Big Sur Escape: Post Ranch Inn Reopens

The luxe getaway isn't yet accessible by car, but there's another way into the ocean-close hotel. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Dessert Tacos: NoHo New

Dessert Tacos: NoHo New

A summer-ready treat may be found at the recently opened CREAM. Read »

Monday, Apr 24, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Underwood Somis: Blueberry Picking Time

Underwood Somis: Blueberry Picking Time

The beloved berry makes its spring-ready Pick Your Own debut. 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.