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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 at 7:27 AM

Ocean Astonishing: Whalefest Monterey

Ocean Astonishing: Whalefest Monterey

Say "hey" to a Pacific Gray at this wintertime hoedown. Read »

Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 at 9:30 PM

'Peter Pan' to Visit Catalina Island

'Peter Pan' to Visit Catalina Island

The 1924 silent film will screen at the Avalon Casino Theatre. Read »

Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration

Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration

Prepare to "(i)mmerse yourself in local marine life" along Highway 1. Read »

Monday, Dec 26, 2016 at 8:16 AM

Palm Desert Food & Wine 2017

Palm Desert Food & Wine 2017

The suppable springtime soiree will once again attract big names on the restaurant and cookbook scene. Read »

Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 at 8:19 AM

Earthy Eats: Napa Truffle Festival

Earthy Eats: Napa Truffle Festival

Seminars, lunches, and a "Wild Mushroom Foray" brighten the January weekend. Read »

Friday, Dec 9, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Christmastime at JW Marriott Desert Springs

Christmastime at JW Marriott Desert Springs

Special happenings, including gondola sleigh slides, will pop up at the Palm Desert getaway. Read »

Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 at 10:32 AM

California Strawberry Festival Poster Contest

California Strawberry Festival Poster Contest

Obsessed with the beloved berry? Put brush to canvas and express your affections. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 12:09 PM

The Inn Above the Tide's Fireplace Bundles

The Inn Above the Tide's Fireplace Bundles

Book a fireplace-ready room, reserve a special Fireplace Bundle, then steal away to Sausalito for winter comfy times. Read »

Monday, Dec 26, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Bird Fest: Soarers of the Central Coast

Bird Fest: Soarers of the Central Coast

Flap your wings for this peaceful avian event in Morro Bay. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 3:35 PM

'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' at 50

'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' at 50

Were you a part of the beloved stage show? Give the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa a jingle. 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.