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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Tasting Trail: Solvang's Plate-Packed Path

Tasting Trail: Solvang's Plate-Packed Path

Seize your mid-March moment to sample from a wide swath of windmill-close favorites. Read »

Monday, Feb 6, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Lotusland: Flowery Gem to Re-Open

Lotusland: Flowery Gem to Re-Open

The storied Santa Barbara spread'll welcome visitors in mid-February. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Free: Presidents Day at the National Parks

Free: Presidents Day at the National Parks

Over 100 entrance fee-charging parks will waive admission on Monday, Feb. 20. Read »

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Sequoia Splendor: A Dark Sky Celebration

Sequoia Splendor: A Dark Sky Celebration

Commune with far-off stars and the big trees at the very same time. Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:27 PM

Cuddly Cove: Nick's Loves Love Package

Cuddly Cove: Nick's Loves Love Package

Twosomes make for the Tomales Bay getaway for holiday sweetness. Read »

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Mendocino Majestic: The Whales of March

Mendocino Majestic: The Whales of March

Spied a beautiful behemoth this season? There's still time at this multi-weekend party. Read »

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 at 12:27 PM

Summer in Spring: BBQ & Beer Fest

Summer in Spring: BBQ & Beer Fest

A caboodle of eat/drink parties dot the state-big calendar. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Sip in SLO: Tasting Pass Program

Sip in SLO: Tasting Pass Program

Study up on a quartet of regional wineries during February and March. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 at 6:28 PM

South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge

South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge

Dash into the chilly H2O and raise funds for the Special Olympics. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 at 7:03 AM

American Riviera Wow: Orchid Show

American Riviera Wow: Orchid Show

The historic blossom bash features some of the most fabulous flowers around. 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.