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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Sep 9, 2016 at 6:25 AM

Celebrated Song Returns to Mission Inn

Celebrated Song Returns to Mission Inn

"A Perfect Day" was written long ago at the landmark; now hear it twice nightly. Read »

Thursday, Sep 1, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Buzz Buzz: Carmel Valley Ranch Holiday Weekend

Buzz Buzz: Carmel Valley Ranch Holiday Weekend

Call upon an apiary, learn about beekeeping, make s'mores, tour the organic garden, and oodles more. Read »

Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 at 7:40 AM

Hearst Castle: Tours Resume

Hearst Castle: Tours Resume

The landmark closed due to the nearby Chimney Fire; now visitors are once again strolling the famous estate. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 at 11:21 AM

Beach Polo Swings at The Del

Beach Polo Swings at The Del

Admire ponies upon the sand over Labor Day Weekend. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Omni La Costa: Stay Like a President

Omni La Costa: Stay Like a President

Get 20.16% off a luxury suite on select election-themed nights. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 at 9:12 PM

A Nice Julian Stay (and Apple Pie, Too)

A Nice Julian Stay (and Apple Pie, Too)

Want a classic local dessert with your night at the inn? Read »

Monday, Aug 29, 2016 at 9:47 PM

Yosemite Skiing: Season Pass Deal

Yosemite Skiing: Season Pass Deal

Dreaming of wintertime getaways? Celebrate the NPS centennial and score a sweet discount. Read »

Monday, Aug 29, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Mountain Merry: Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

Mountain Merry: Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

Steins, songs, and supping deliciousness await autumntime revelers. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Lompoc Lark: Mural in a Weekend

Lompoc Lark: Mural in a Weekend

Join in as a master artists paints a large-scale work in one of California's most mural-y towns. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 at 9:06 AM

The Return of Madonna Inn Pink Chocolate

The Return of Madonna Inn Pink Chocolate

The roadside charmer's famous foodstuff took the summer off, but vacation time is over. 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.