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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Butterfly Jungle: Opening at Safari Park

Butterfly Jungle: Opening at Safari Park

A preview dinner and special breakfast are on the 2017 roster. Read »

Monday, Feb 27, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Free: Busker Bash in San Diego

Free: Busker Bash in San Diego

Swing by Seaport Village for swirls, laughs, feats, and wonders. Read »

Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 at 3:45 PM

California Nut Festival: Chico Delish

California Nut Festival: Chico Delish

Are almonds your go-to? Are you wild for walnuts? Here's your plate-filler of a party. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Wildflowers: Find Mono County Blooms

Wildflowers: Find Mono County Blooms

The petal-prettiest time in the Eastern Sierra is nearly nigh. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Irvine Park Railroad: $2 Rides

Irvine Park Railroad: $2 Rides

Take a discounted spin on the adorable, family-cute train. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2017 at 10:14 AM

Taste of the South Bay

Taste of the South Bay

Nosh among the LA Kings at a feasty fundraiser in Redondo Beach. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Rhododendrons: Coastal Spring Blooms

Rhododendrons: Coastal Spring Blooms

Redwood-adjacent blossoming follows an April bash in Fort Bragg. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Buellton Wine and Chili Festival

Buellton Wine and Chili Festival

It's a meaty, merlot-esque kind of March party around the wine country town. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Daffodil Splendor: Julian's Spring Hello

Daffodil Splendor: Julian's Spring Hello

Need some sunshine in flower form? Head up the mountain. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Explore the Sounds of Monterey Bay

Explore the Sounds of Monterey Bay

We can name the sights of the sanctuary, but can you describe what's often heard? 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.