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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Ski Fun at Yosemite National Park

Ski Fun at Yosemite National Park

Rent snowshoes at Nordic Center or nab a pair of poles for cross-country adventure. Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 8:59 PM

Mendo Wine & Crab Fest

Mendo Wine & Crab Fest

Get your crab-cakin' on along the pretty ocean-close stretch. Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Fire Pit Time: Lake Tahoe Cozy

Fire Pit Time: Lake Tahoe Cozy

Throw on an extra shawl and relax at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Creekside Inn in Palo Alto: 2017 Package

Creekside Inn in Palo Alto: 2017 Package

Book the "American Breakfast" and get fortified before your day out. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Santa's Village: Winter Wonderland Festivities

Santa's Village: Winter Wonderland Festivities

There's true snow up the hill, near Lake Arrowhead, too. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 1:02 PM

Pier 39 Turns 39

Pier 39 Turns 39

Stop by the San Francisco destination any Friday from January through October. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 at 12:09 PM

Death Valley Valentine's: Romantic Getaway

Death Valley Valentine's: Romantic Getaway

February is gorgeous in the national park. Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Queen Mary New: Local Band Hangout

Queen Mary New: Local Band Hangout

Dance aboard the famous ocean-liner to a host of rockin' live sounds. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:53 PM

June Mountain: Kids Ski for Free

June Mountain: Kids Ski for Free

Have a snow-obsessed tot? They could hit the Sierra slopes, gratis-like. Read »

Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 at 11:32 AM

Ojai's Orange-Yummy Outings

Ojai's Orange-Yummy Outings

Tour Friend's Ranch and discover the scintillating world of citrus growing. 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.