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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2016 at 8:39 AM

Champagne Dinner at the Mission Inn

Champagne Dinner at the Mission Inn

Enjoy a swanky sip while standing inside a California castle. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Salty Snouts: Surf Dog Classes

Salty Snouts: Surf Dog Classes

Learn to paddleboard with your pooch, in Del Mar. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Pony Party at L'Auberge Del Mar

Pony Party at L'Auberge Del Mar

Don your outlandish hat and make for a hotel bash near the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Read »

Monday, Jul 4, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Mammoth Food & Wine Experience

Mammoth Food & Wine Experience

Go up the mountain for eats of the gourmet sort, and chefly demos, too. Read »

Friday, Jul 8, 2016 at 7:35 AM

Opening: The California State Fair

Opening: The California State Fair

The cotton-candy-iest time of the year arrives in Sacramento. Read »

Sunday, Jul 3, 2016 at 4:12 PM

Julian's Joyful Fourth of July

Julian's Joyful Fourth of July

The historic burg hosts is annual parade (with all the festive trimmings). 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.