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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Opening: Snow Summit Bike Park

Opening: Snow Summit Bike Park

Mountain biking season pops an early wheelie near Big Bear. Read »

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:04 AM

Santa Barbara's Summer-Welcoming Bash

Santa Barbara's Summer-Welcoming Bash

The city's solstice parade is among the sunniest of Golden State staples. Read »

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:49 PM

Summer Cottage: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Summer Cottage: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Book a "multi-room lakeside residence" and wile away a sun-splashed day. Read »

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Hotel Irvine: Movies in the Backyard

Hotel Irvine: Movies in the Backyard

Pay $5 and savor cinema on the property's grand lawn. Read »

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Mondavi Summer Sounds: Concert Series

Mondavi Summer Sounds: Concert Series

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Patti LaBelle, The Revivalists, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals are all on the lively 2017 line-up. Read »

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:35 AM

Shark Search: New Dana Point Tour

Shark Search: New Dana Point Tour

Sightings have gone up, and the fin-seeking OCean Adventures Catamaran is heading out on Saturdays. Read »

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:05 AM

Cavallo Point Lodge: Summer of Love

Cavallo Point Lodge: Summer of Love

The historic hotel is helping guests get into the wayback groove of '67. Read »

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Double Eagle Resort: Free Alfresco Yoga

Double Eagle Resort: Free Alfresco Yoga

Commune with the epic peaks as you downward dog at the June Lake getaway. Read »

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:44 AM

Renaissance Indian Wells: Sunny Deals

Renaissance Indian Wells: Sunny Deals

Need a pool, some warmth, and a whole lot of money-saving goodness? It's on. Read »

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:40 AM

Lavender Love: The Purple Golden State

Lavender Love: The Purple Golden State

Ojai, and a number of ranches, will spotlight the fragrant favorite in the weeks ahead. 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.