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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 at 12:51 PM

Sacramento Seasonal: Free Theatre of Lights

Sacramento Seasonal: Free Theatre of Lights

The "state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology" spectacular takes place in Old Sacramento. Bonus? It's free. Read »

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Drakesbad Guest Ranch: Book Now for 2017

Drakesbad Guest Ranch: Book Now for 2017

Plan your next-summer stay at the electricity-free cabins inside Lassen Volcanic National Park. Read »

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 6:39 AM

Westin St. Francis Holiday

Westin St. Francis Holiday

The Sweet Boutique, celebratory suppers, and conviviality fill the Union Square hotel's festive calendar. Read »

Monday, Nov 14, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Winter Arrives Early in Laguna Beach

Winter Arrives Early in Laguna Beach

Shop for handmade goodies at one of California's quaintest markets. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Madonna Inn: Seasonal Celebratory Supping

Madonna Inn: Seasonal Celebratory Supping

Do up Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner in the state's sparkliest, goldest, flower-laden-iest dining room. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016 at 10:35 AM

OC Ice: Winter Fest to Twirl Again

OC Ice: Winter Fest to Twirl Again

Find ice tubing, carnival rides, warm drinks, and cozy seasonal details in Costa Mesa. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016 at 8:27 PM

Happy Thanks-Gibbon

Happy Thanks-Gibbon

Support the Santa Clarita conservation center at this early holiday celebration. Read »

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Bodie State Historic Park: Winter Hours Begin

Bodie State Historic Park: Winter Hours Begin

Spy the ghost town in the quiet of the colder season. Read »

Monday, Nov 7, 2016 at 12:37 PM

OC Christmas Train: Tickets on Sale

OC Christmas Train: Tickets on Sale

The Irvine Park Railroad is choo-choo-ing right into the holidays. Read »

Friday, Nov 4, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Temecula's 2016 Harvest Celebration

Temecula's 2016 Harvest Celebration

Join Grapeline Wine Tours and sip your way around an octet of top wineries. 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.