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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Alabama Hills Day: Eastern Sierra Celebration

Alabama Hills Day: Eastern Sierra Celebration

Trot your pony for Lone Pine and a party that's all about the area's fantastical hills. Read »

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 9:27 AM

100 Years: Ojai's Big Birthday

100 Years: Ojai's Big Birthday

The art-minded, Pink-Moment'd village throws a Centennial Picnic. Read »

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Mardi Gras for Mushrooms at Morgan Hill

Mardi Gras for Mushrooms at Morgan Hill

You're sweet on fungi? A May-merry weekend is in your forecast. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 at 4:28 PM

Lovely Lompoc: That Wildflower Moment

Lovely Lompoc: That Wildflower Moment

Road-close blossoms are putting on the petal-perfect show. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 at 1:09 PM

McEvoy Ranch: Alfresco Olive Oil Tastings

McEvoy Ranch: Alfresco Olive Oil Tastings

Journey to a spot near Petaluma for a dippable and delish experience. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Carlsbad Cute: Fashion, Flowers, and Fido

Carlsbad Cute: Fashion, Flowers, and Fido

Connect with furry sweethearts at the famous Flower Fields. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Coachella Chow Down: The Eats to Expect

Coachella Chow Down: The Eats to Expect

Delish, gourmet eats, plus a nightly Outstanding in the Field happening, dot the foodie festival calendar. Read »

Monday, Apr 3, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Monterey Tides 'Light My Fire' Package

Monterey Tides 'Light My Fire' Package

Enjoy a sandy bonfire with your sweetheart at your side. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Madonna Inn Peeptini: It's Back

Madonna Inn Peeptini: It's Back

Sip the pink-tastic beverage at one of the state's pinkest places. Read »

Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 at 9:38 AM

California Wines: Down to Earth Month

California Wines: Down to Earth Month

Vineyards around the Golden State are hosting some planet-minded parties in April. 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.