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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016 at 8:45 PM

The Lovely Lemons of Goleta

The Lovely Lemons of Goleta

The tartest of to-dos is a sweet September staple. Read »

Monday, Aug 8, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days

Old Sacramento's yearly Labor Day Weekend whoop-di-doo covers history, entertainment, more. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM

'Carpenters Remembered'

'Carpenters Remembered'

Head for the musical duo's hometown for Michelle Berting Brett's heart-filled tribute. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016 at 8:40 PM

El Capitan Canyon Winter Sale

El Capitan Canyon Winter Sale

Plan your cold-weather getaway today at the Santa Barbara-close retreat. Read »

Monday, Aug 1, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Ohh, Ahh: Perseid Showers on Approach

Ohh, Ahh: Perseid Showers on Approach

Make for the desert, mountains, or a low-lit spot to watch the August sky show. Read »

Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

Hotel Perk: Pajama Delivery

Hotel Perk: Pajama Delivery

So you forgot to pack your comfies? The Orlando Hotel and BedHead Pajamas can help. Read »

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 9:04 AM

Julian's Annual Grape Stomp Party

Julian's Annual Grape Stomp Party

If you've longed to try this fall's-coming tradition, here's your chance. Read »

Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Raise a Glass: California Wine Month

Raise a Glass: California Wine Month

Delicious events are springing up around the state in September. Read »

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Watermelon Festival: New Location

Watermelon Festival: New Location

The fest, which celebrated its first half century a few years back, lands in the middle of August. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Santa Barbara Tradition: Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara Tradition: Old Spanish Days

Dancing, shopping, and parades fill the five-day gathering. 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.