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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Friday, Mar 3, 2017 at 11:10 AM

MarsFest: Interplanetary Desert Adventure

MarsFest: Interplanetary Desert Adventure

Steer your saucer for a cosmic, science-cool Death Valley meet-up. Read »

Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Butterfly Jungle: Opening at Safari Park

Butterfly Jungle: Opening at Safari Park

A preview dinner and special breakfast are on the 2017 roster. Read »

Monday, Feb 27, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Free: Busker Bash in San Diego

Free: Busker Bash in San Diego

Swing by Seaport Village for swirls, laughs, feats, and wonders. Read »

Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 at 3:45 PM

California Nut Festival: Chico Delish

California Nut Festival: Chico Delish

Are almonds your go-to? Are you wild for walnuts? Here's your plate-filler of a party. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Wildflowers: Find Mono County Blooms

Wildflowers: Find Mono County Blooms

The petal-prettiest time in the Eastern Sierra is nearly nigh. 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.