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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 at 9:13 PM

Awwws Aplenty: Sea Otter Awareness Week

Awwws Aplenty: Sea Otter Awareness Week

Visit Morro Bay to eye a display, and take part in activities, in September. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Arrr: Seaport Village Landlubbers Day

Arrr: Seaport Village Landlubbers Day

Get a jump on "Talk Like a Pirate Day" at this swashbuckling San Diego scene. Read »

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Hollywood Roosevelt: Movie-Cool Cocktails

Hollywood Roosevelt: Movie-Cool Cocktails

Quaff a "Pearamount Pictures" just steps from the fabled boulevard. Read »

Friday, Sep 23, 2016 at 9:02 AM

Big Bear Bevs: Fall Village Wine Walk

Big Bear Bevs: Fall Village Wine Walk

Welcome fall, and savor the weekend, while sipping and strolling on a Saturday evening. Read »

Monday, Sep 5, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Autumn + Autos: Mono County Fall Drives

Autumn + Autos: Mono County Fall Drives

Find drive-nice stretches that include mountains, sky, and changing trees. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Autumn Tradition: Ojai Studio Artists Tour

Autumn Tradition: Ojai Studio Artists Tour

Call upon 50 studios in and around the arts-lush valley. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 6, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Pop-Up Traveller Bar at Loews Hollywood

Pop-Up Traveller Bar at Loews Hollywood

The vintage-cool elevator car'll have a month-long residency in Tinseltown. Read »

Monday, Sep 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Ponte Winery Party: Grape Stomp Time

Ponte Winery Party: Grape Stomp Time

Step into a barrel and participate in a time-honored tradition. Read »

Friday, Sep 2, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Cool Scene: Nevada City Film Festival

Cool Scene: Nevada City Film Festival

Go Gold Country over the second weekend of September for "the Sundance of the Sierra." Read »

Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Haunted Mansion 2016 Gingerbread House

Haunted Mansion 2016 Gingerbread House

The spooky pastry changes each year; find out this season's "Nightmare" theme. 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.