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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 8:38 AM

Santa Barbara Car-Free: All Aboard!

Santa Barbara Car-Free: All Aboard!

Catch the train to the American Riviera for deals, discounts, and dazzling days. Read »

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:18 AM

Dapper Day Fall 2017: Book Your Hotel

Dapper Day Fall 2017: Book Your Hotel

The sunny springtime Disneyland outing has wrapped, but autumn'll be here in a jiff. Read »

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9:32 PM

May Tradition: Jumping Frog Jubilee

May Tradition: Jumping Frog Jubilee

The Calaveras County Maytime tradition has strong ties to the past. Read »

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:03 PM

Lompoc Flower Fields: Sweet Pea Time

Lompoc Flower Fields: Sweet Pea Time

The Santa Barbara County spot is known for its colorful patches of cut-flower petaldom when spring comes to town. Read »

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:51 PM

Puppy Prom: Dressy Fido Fundraiser

Puppy Prom: Dressy Fido Fundraiser

The Helen Woodward Animal Center event will trot for Casa Sol y Mar at the Del Mar Highlands Center. Read »

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9:32 PM

Capistrano Excitement: Nesting Swallows

Capistrano Excitement: Nesting Swallows

The iconic birds are making a home at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Read »

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6:55 PM

Knott's Scary Farm: Hiring Begins

Knott's Scary Farm: Hiring Begins

The seasonal spooky spot is looking for its build team. Read »

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:42 AM

Ocean Adventure: Scuba Show

Ocean Adventure: Scuba Show

Ready to take the dive? Find all your gear and info in Long Beach. Read »

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Queen Mary: Swingin' Time with Swing Queen

Queen Mary: Swingin' Time with Swing Queen

Gunhild Carling & Friends will bring the get-up-and-move vibes to the big boat, for one night only. Read »

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 9:44 AM

The Living Desert: Train Day

The Living Desert: Train Day

National Train Day is comin' around the bend, and the animal park will keep the Garden Railroad choo-choo-ing. 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.