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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 9:25 PM

Hollywood Roosevelt: Awards Season Packages

Hollywood Roosevelt: Awards Season Packages

Attend an Oscar-viewing party in the very spot where the ceremony was first held. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 1:50 PM

Catalina Express: Two-for-One Birthday Deal

Catalina Express: Two-for-One Birthday Deal

Savor a (birth)day out on an island with your best bud (for less). Read »

Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Desert Spring Show: Almost Flower Time

Desert Spring Show: Almost Flower Time

The moment has arrived to ponder your overnight arrangements. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 at 7:17 PM

Snowy Outing at Lassen Volcanic

Snowy Outing at Lassen Volcanic

Join a park ranger for a snowshoe tromp through the gorgeous, peak-pretty landscape. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 at 7:57 AM

Peking Acrobats in Long Beach

Peking Acrobats in Long Beach

Thrill to athletic skills and graceful movements, at the Carpenter Center. Read »

Monday, Jan 23, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Cali4nia Pass Free (After Four Lessons)

Cali4nia Pass Free (After Four Lessons)

Brush up on your slope-swift moves and score a way to ski more. Read »

Monday, Jan 23, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Newport Dunes: Winter Q & Expo

Newport Dunes: Winter Q & Expo

Watch 50 grill-awesome teams cook up their best barbecue at the ocean-close destination. Read »

Monday, Jan 16, 2017 at 9:10 PM

Sea Lion Anniversary: Pier 39 Fun

Sea Lion Anniversary: Pier 39 Fun

Mark the 27th year since the star pinnipeds arrived at the San Francisco attraction. Read »

Monday, Jan 23, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Wine Country Mmm: Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week

Wine Country Mmm: Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week

Vino is a star, as are a number of foodie favorites around the grape-laden region. Read »

Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Mondo Movie Fest in the American Riviera

Mondo Movie Fest in the American Riviera

The February film party is one of the major happenings on the Santa Barbara calendar. 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.