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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 at 7:35 AM

Maple Goodies at Omni La Costa

Maple Goodies at Omni La Costa

Fall is still a few months away, but you can get the flavor at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 6:47 AM

Summer at The Inn at Furnace Creek

Summer at The Inn at Furnace Creek

It's hot outside, but the elegant Death Valley hotel is open -- with a few asterisks. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Now Open: Rush Creek Lodge

Now Open: Rush Creek Lodge

"Yosemite's first new resort in over 25 years" makes its start-of-summer debut. Read »

Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Living Desert: Feed the Giraffes

Living Desert: Feed the Giraffes

Long-tongue'd loveliness is afoot at the Palm Desert animal park. Read »

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 7:59 AM

September Sup: Newport Beach Wine & Food

September Sup: Newport Beach Wine & Food

Join Chef Rick Bayless at a private cooking demo. Read »

Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Salsa Fest: Oxnard's Piquant Party

Salsa Fest: Oxnard's Piquant Party

Whether you prefer the dip or the dance, you'll find your fun. Read »

Friday, Jul 8, 2016 at 11:21 PM

Danish Days: Pastries and Parades

Danish Days: Pastries and Parades

Enjoy aebleskivers, dancing, and the charms of California's windmill-wonderful town. Read »

Friday, Jul 8, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Catalina Wine Mixer: Oh Yeah, It's Back

Catalina Wine Mixer: Oh Yeah, It's Back

It was made famous in the film "Step Brothers," but now it is a real thing, for real. Read »

Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Laguna Beach Must: Festival of Arts

Laguna Beach Must: Festival of Arts

It's the 84th outing for the beach-close celebration of creativity, ideas, and beauty. Read »

Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 at 7:18 AM

Drakesbad: Old-Fashioned Ranch Charm

Drakesbad: Old-Fashioned Ranch Charm

Step into a stay that's sans electricity, at Lassen Volcanic National Park. 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.