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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Santa Barbara Flavor: Winter Wine Classic

Santa Barbara Flavor: Winter Wine Classic

Prepare for "nearly 100 classic California wines" at this American Riviera soiree. Read »

Friday, Jan 6, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Wintertime Package: Escape to Catalina

Wintertime Package: Escape to Catalina

Book the "Season of Escape" package and enjoy an Avalon overnight. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Ski Resorts: Big Snowy Action

Ski Resorts: Big Snowy Action

Mammoth Mountain is fully open, and Squaw Valley is seeing major flakeage. Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Happy Winter Trails Month

Happy Winter Trails Month

Strap on the snowshoes or try out cross country at a Januarytime happening. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 at 8:16 PM

Migration Fest at Natural Bridges

Migration Fest at Natural Bridges

Love upon whales and winged things near Santa Cruz. Read »

Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Savor Sonoma Valley: Springtime Sips

Savor Sonoma Valley: Springtime Sips

Bid farewell to wintertime while calling upon your favorite Glen Ellen and Kenwood wineries. Read »

Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Global Gathering: California Worldfest

Global Gathering: California Worldfest

Buy your ticket early for the Julytime jubilee and save. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 at 3:05 PM

Kilt Confab: Queen Mary's ScotsFestival

Kilt Confab: Queen Mary's ScotsFestival

Bagpipes, sheep, athletics, and tartans return to the Long Beach landmark. Read »

Friday, Dec 30, 2016 at 9:04 PM

January Jaunt: Winter WINEland

January Jaunt: Winter WINEland

Taste your way through a trio of Northern Sonoma County valleys. Read »

Monday, Jan 2, 2017 at 1:09 PM

June Lake Winter Festival

June Lake Winter Festival

Snow sculptures, chilly strolls, and the Triple Threat Winter Triathalon are favorites at this frosty hoedown. 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.