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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Nov 21, 2016 at 8:06 AM

Holiday Market at Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Holiday Market at Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Spend the Sunday before Christmas browsing gifts, noshing from food trucks, and enjoying views from the Ocean Lawn. Read »

Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 at 7:28 AM

Thanksgiving at Safari West

Thanksgiving at Safari West

Enjoy a classic dinner at the 400-acre animal park. Read »

Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Indio International Tamale Festival

Indio International Tamale Festival

Savor the marvel of masa at this desert-based Decembertime favorite. Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2016 at 9:38 PM

Santa's on His Way to Nick's Cove

Santa's on His Way to Nick's Cove

The Tomales Bay tradition finds Ol' Saint Nick arriving by boat. Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2016 at 4:02 PM

Island Amazing: Avalon Home Tour

Island Amazing: Avalon Home Tour

Peek inside some of the charming houses of Catalina Island. Read »

Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 at 7:34 AM

Greet 2017 on Catalina Island

Greet 2017 on Catalina Island

Bubbly, party favors, and the Pacific all add to the NYE ambiance. Read »

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Up the Mountain: A Country Christmas

Up the Mountain: A Country Christmas

Julian's joyful tree lighting is just one part of its start-the-holidays party. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 at 10:41 PM

Thanksgiving Feast with Snoopy

Thanksgiving Feast with Snoopy

Join the Charles M. Schulz Museum party on the Saturday before the holiday. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 at 10:42 PM

Surfin' Santa at Seaport Village

Surfin' Santa at Seaport Village

The Jolly Ol' Elf makes his oh-so-California entrance at the shop-filled destination. Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Snowy Santa Barbara: Snow Leopard Romp

Snowy Santa Barbara: Snow Leopard Romp

The mysterious and majestic felines have their own festival. 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.