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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 at 11:49 AM

The Living Desert: Early Hours Start

The Living Desert: Early Hours Start

Arrive at the Palm Desert-based animal park at 8 a.m. for a peek at the a Read »

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 9:48 PM

Bracebridge Dinner: Get Your Ticket Now

Bracebridge Dinner: Get Your Ticket Now

Ye olde Yosemite fun: Join the medieval merriment this December. Read »

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:27 PM

Tustin Tradition: Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Tustin Tradition: Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

A happy 33rd anniversary to a spicy showdown. Read »

Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:26 PM

Piquant in Paso: Olive Festival

Piquant in Paso: Olive Festival

Two June-nice days, so many oils to try. Read »

Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:26 PM

Cape Rey Carlsbad: Summer Adventures

Cape Rey Carlsbad: Summer Adventures

LEGOland deals, special seasonal sips, and other light-of-heart doings are on the hotel's calendar. Read »

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Desert Sublime: Korakia Pensione

Desert Sublime: Korakia Pensione

The "hidden Mediterranean Oasis in the heart of Palm Springs" is offering a number of specials. Read »

Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Opening: Crystal Cave at Sequoia National Park

Opening: Crystal Cave at Sequoia National Park

The weather has warmed up and a seasonal wonder is ready for its annual hello. Read »

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:12 PM

Turtle Awareness Day at Santa Barbara Zoo

Turtle Awareness Day at Santa Barbara Zoo

Continue to observe World Turtle Day via a caboodle of cute and conservation-minded activities. Read »

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 8:10 AM

Animals for Armed Forces Weekend

Animals for Armed Forces Weekend

"Approved military families" will see their adoption fees waived over Memorial Day Weekend, at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Read »

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Happy 40th, Ojai Art in the Park

Happy 40th, Ojai Art in the Park

The creative community starts the summer with a grand, look-around, buy-something-beautiful bash. 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.