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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 10:54 PM

Western Monarch Day in Pismo Beach

Western Monarch Day in Pismo Beach

It's a joyful bash that's about as butterfly-y as bashes get. Read »

Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 7:59 AM

Gold Country Delish: Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Gold Country Delish: Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Venture onto the Madera Wine Trail the weekend ahead of Valentine's 2017. Read »

Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 at 6:51 PM

Monterey Pop Festival: 50th Anniversary

Monterey Pop Festival: 50th Anniversary

Beads on, revelers: Gather for a Summer of Love celebration in Monterey. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Wintertime in 'The Switzerland of California'

Wintertime in 'The Switzerland of California'

June Lake has small-town-y charms and those huge, huge peaks. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 9:21 AM

Oxnard-Close Awe: Whale Season

Oxnard-Close Awe: Whale Season

Hop on a post-Christmas boat excursion and go in search of fabulous flukes. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Joshua Tree Music Festival: Line-up Reveal

Joshua Tree Music Festival: Line-up Reveal

Eye the vibes ready to rise at the Maytime desert gathering. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 9:22 AM

Yum: Taste of Solvang Tickets on Sale

Yum: Taste of Solvang Tickets on Sale

Countdown to pastry joy: The magnificent feasting is a March wine country favorite. Read »

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Outdoor Cinema: Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Outdoor Cinema: Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Peaks, trees, creeks, our planet: Meet the stars of this Nevada City movie party. Read »

Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Winter's Night Adventure: Winchester Flashlight Tour

Winter's Night Adventure: Winchester Flashlight Tour

Join a special Friday the 13th event at the San Jose manse. Read »

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM

Clam Chowder Bash: Now a Full Weekend

Clam Chowder Bash: Now a Full Weekend

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk tradition expands in 2017. 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.