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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 at 4:38 AM

Carmel-by-the-Sea Charm: Pumpkin Roll

Carmel-by-the-Sea Charm: Pumpkin Roll

How fast does a gourd tumble down Ocean Avenue? Find out. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 6:59 AM

Hollywood Dine Around: Tasty Tinseltown Package

Hollywood Dine Around: Tasty Tinseltown Package

Bop around some of the town's toniest hotspots for small bites and starry sips. Read »

Monday, Sep 19, 2016 at 8:19 AM

The Yosemite Facelift: Pitch In

The Yosemite Facelift: Pitch In

Swing by the national park and help with the post-summer spiffy-up. Read »

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Queen Mary's Haunted Encounters

Queen Mary's Haunted Encounters

Is the wait for Halloween fun making you antsy? Find a few phantoms (maybe) in Long Beach. Read »

Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 at 6:52 AM

A Spirited Eve at Hotel del Coronado

A Spirited Eve at Hotel del Coronado

If you're a grown-up with a ghosty side, your soiree is at the surfside landmark. Read »

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 6:44 AM

Blue Lantern Getaway: Suite Bliss Package

Blue Lantern Getaway: Suite Bliss Package

Long to look upon the ocean for a whole afternoon? This could be your room. Read »

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Grape Stomp Time at Grgich Hills

Grape Stomp Time at Grgich Hills

A foot-stamped tee is a sweet souvenir from the squishy activity. Read »

Friday, Sep 23, 2016 at 9:17 AM

Festival of Lights: Early Bird Package

Festival of Lights: Early Bird Package

Planning on doing it up at the Mission Inn this holiday season? Secure your stay by the end of September. Read »

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:04 AM

Oktoberfest at Anheuser-Busch

Oktoberfest at Anheuser-Busch

A dance performance, festive decor, and tunes bring Munich to Fairfield. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Morro Bay Majesty: The San Salvador

Morro Bay Majesty: The San Salvador

Eye the tall ship up close, and even go aboard. 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.