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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 at 12:17 PM

Rare Chance: Spend the Night on the USS Iowa

Rare Chance: Spend the Night on the USS Iowa

Join a "sleepover excursion" on the San Pedro-based landmark with the LA chapter of Atlas Obscura. Read »

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Sandpiper Wallpaper: Monterey Sweet

Sandpiper Wallpaper: Monterey Sweet

The March, computer-nice gift from the Monterey Bay Aquarium depicts a serene beach scene plush with pretty pipers. Read »

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 9:12 PM

Old Sac: New 'Gold Fever!' Tours

Old Sac: New 'Gold Fever!' Tours

Play a character and dig deeply into what living in the time of the Gold Rush was like. Read »

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Underwood Farms: Spring Easter Fest

Underwood Farms: Spring Easter Fest

The Moorpark animals-and-agriculture spread will host the Easter Bunny over several days in April. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:10 PM

St. Patrick's Day at Skypark at Santa's Village

St. Patrick's Day at Skypark at Santa's Village

Tunes and Irish eats'll be the holiday themes at the Lake Arrowhead attraction. Read »

Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 at 10:12 AM

Ojai Fresh: Pixie Month Specials

Ojai Fresh: Pixie Month Specials

It's downright a-peeling; enjoy the village's vivacious fruit in all of its many forms. Read »

Monday, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Strawberry Fest: Sweet Cooking Showdown

Strawberry Fest: Sweet Cooking Showdown

Have a zingy recipe for the Berry Blast Off Contest? Glory and prizes await. Read »

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Wildlife Learning Center: St. Patty's Party

Wildlife Learning Center: St. Patty's Party

Spend the afternoon learning about cool reptiles at the Sylmar animal preserve. Read »

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Los Olivos Adorable: Lucy & Lady

Los Olivos Adorable: Lucy & Lady

The wheat-hued Brussels Griffons are the official welcome crew at a garden decor-and-more shop. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:42 AM

Taste of Solvang: Wine & Beer Walk

Taste of Solvang: Wine & Beer Walk

Pastries do rule at this popular yearly event, but so do libations with local flair. 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.