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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:23 PM

Santa Barbara Free: I Madonnari Festival

Santa Barbara Free: I Madonnari Festival

Watch dozens of colorful images come to life, on the ground, over Memorial Day Weekend. Read »

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Avalon Ball 2018: Early Bird Tickets

Avalon Ball 2018: Early Bird Tickets

Enchanted by this annual Catalina soiree? You can book a coveted spot to the ball far in advance. Read »

Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:16 AM

Lotusland: The Season's First Lotus Bloom

Lotusland: The Season's First Lotus Bloom

LotusFest! is still a few weeks out, but the historic Santa Barbara garden's famous namesake is making a showy showing. Read »

Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:13 AM

San Diego International Beer Fest: It's Huge

San Diego International Beer Fest: It's Huge

Count 'em up: More than 200 breweries'll show at the Junetime jamboree. Read »

Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 at 9:32 PM

37 Cloves: Gilroy Eating Contest

37 Cloves: Gilroy Eating Contest

That's the one-minute record to beat at the 2017 hot-of-mouth gathering. Read »

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 »

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.