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West Coast BBQ Classic: New Categories

West Coast BBQ Classic: New Categories

Bacon and sweets get starring roles at the Queen Mary mmm-mmm bash. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 12:38 PM

Daffodil Hill: Opening Date Announced

Daffodil Hill: Opening Date Announced

The Amador County destination has weathered some wintry days; now sunshine-hued blossoms are ahead. Read »

Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 at 12:04 PM

MOXI: Santa Barbara's Newest Museum

MOXI: Santa Barbara's Newest Museum

The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation makes a stylish debut. Read »

Friday, Mar 3, 2017 at 10:08 PM

Mountain Mmm: Taste of Julian 2017

Mountain Mmm: Taste of Julian 2017

Take a "self-guided culinary tour" and get to know the vittles of the historical burg. Read »

Monday, Mar 6, 2017 at 2:06 PM

Tomatomania! Delish Tour on the Roll

Tomatomania! Delish Tour on the Roll

It's that time of year, lycopene lovers: Get your info, your seedlings, and your heirloom love on at a location near you. Read »

Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Desert X: Mega Art Show

Desert X: Mega Art Show

Cruise around the Coachella Valley and see astounding installations from a host of artists. Read »

Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Baby Giant Sea Bass: Aquarium Charmer

Baby Giant Sea Bass: Aquarium Charmer

The wee fish, which will grow quite large, is now on view in Long Beach. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 at 9:12 PM

New: Kite Fest at Carmel Valley Ranch

New: Kite Fest at Carmel Valley Ranch

The inaugural party, set for the first day in April, includes a host of old-fashioned pleasures. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 at 9:10 AM

Death Valley Flowers: Buds Are Springing

Death Valley Flowers: Buds Are Springing

Globemallow and other springtime flora are beginning to pop up around the national park. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 10:22 PM

Railtown 1897: April Rides Opening

Railtown 1897: April Rides Opening

Toot-toot among the wildflowers of the Sierra foothills Gold Country. 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.