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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, May 15, 2017 at 5:56 AM

Glacier Point Road: Now Open

Glacier Point Road: Now Open

It's one of the classic signs of summer, but take note: It's still wintry up there. Read »

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Mono County: Photo-Perfect Spots

Mono County: Photo-Perfect Spots

Spring has arrived at (most of) the breathtaking Eastern Sierra region. Read »

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 8:42 PM

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

A spectacular sky show, a line-up of vino tastings, and The Motels and more are on the stage of this big balloon bash. Read »

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 9:37 AM

National Trails Day: Find Your Path

National Trails Day: Find Your Path

The American Hiking Society event takes in a deep breath of air, and the view, on the first Saturday in June. Read »

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kinetic Grand Championship: Whimsy Machines

Outlandishly imagined vehicles will roll — and float — in Humboldt County.View gallery »

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 8:38 AM

Santa Barbara Car-Free: All Aboard!

Santa Barbara Car-Free: All Aboard!

Catch the train to the American Riviera for deals, discounts, and dazzling days. Read »

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:18 AM

Dapper Day Fall 2017: Book Your Hotel

Dapper Day Fall 2017: Book Your Hotel

The sunny springtime Disneyland outing has wrapped, but autumn'll be here in a jiff. Read »

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9:32 PM

May Tradition: Jumping Frog Jubilee

May Tradition: Jumping Frog Jubilee

The Calaveras County Maytime tradition has strong ties to the past. Read »

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:03 PM

Lompoc Flower Fields: Sweet Pea Time

Lompoc Flower Fields: Sweet Pea Time

The Santa Barbara County spot is known for its colorful patches of cut-flower petaldom when spring comes to town. Read »

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:51 PM

Puppy Prom: Dressy Fido Fundraiser

Puppy Prom: Dressy Fido Fundraiser

The Helen Woodward Animal Center event will trot for Casa Sol y Mar at the Del Mar Highlands Center. 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.