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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Swallows Day Parade: Capistrano History

Swallows Day Parade: Capistrano History

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

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Death Valley Pupfish: Spring Superstar

Death Valley Pupfish: Spring Superstar

Venture to Salt Creek to spy these fin-rocking wonders. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:47 AM

'Beauty & the Beast' Tea at SLS Hotel

'Beauty & the Beast' Tea at SLS Hotel

The posh-pretty, whimsy-minded Beverly Hills hotel has a few fairy tale doings afoot. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 5:58 PM

Big Bear: Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Big Bear: Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Raise money as you dash, in costume or a swimsuit, into the lake. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Terranea Resort: Holiday Weekend Deal

Terranea Resort: Holiday Weekend Deal

Make for the water-close resort for Presidents Day Weekend (and save on that third night). Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 10:16 PM

Dana Point: Whale Party Time

Dana Point: Whale Party Time

How mondo is the annual Festival of Whales? It covers two weekends. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Hummingbird Festival in Santa Cruz

Hummingbird Festival in Santa Cruz

Avian awesomeness shall rule, at the UCSC Arboretum. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:46 PM

Paso Robles New: 'Experience kukkula' Tour

Paso Robles New: 'Experience kukkula' Tour

Head out on a hike with winery co-owner Kevin Jussila and then enjoy a locavore brunch at his house. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 9:12 PM

Cool Kites at Morro Bay

Cool Kites at Morro Bay

Spend some time looking up near the famous rock over the final weekend in April. 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.