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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Mammoth: Kids Ski Free Through Season

Mammoth: Kids Ski Free Through Season

The Sierra snow spot will stay open through the Fourth of July, and families with children ages 12 and under can save cash on a slopes-fun day. Read »

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Mother's Day Saturday: Gibbons Breakfast

Mother's Day Saturday: Gibbons Breakfast

Does your mommy love animals with all her heart? Head for Santa Clarita the day ahead of her special day. Read »

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 11:22 AM

San Diego Botanic Garden: Blue Star Opens

San Diego Botanic Garden: Blue Star Opens

The Encinitas nature spread is waiving admission for military families through Monday, Sept. 4. Read »

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Parker Palm Springs: May + June Deal

Parker Palm Springs: May + June Deal

The music festival season has now wound down, and the chic stay-over spot has a special afoot. Read »

Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Cool Down Up High: Tram Summer Pass

Cool Down Up High: Tram Summer Pass

If toasty days have you dreaming of firs 'n fun, there's a place (and deal) for that. Read »

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Catalina Swanky: Avalon Ball

Catalina Swanky: Avalon Ball

Find your swing-hem gown or dance-ready suit and hop a boat to the fabled island. Read »

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:06 PM

Love for Bodie: Benefit Concert

Love for Bodie: Benefit Concert

The ghost town recently weathered some earthquakes, and a harsh winter, but there are ways to show support. Read »

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Ride for Ronnie: Rockin' Fundraiser

Ride for Ronnie: Rockin' Fundraiser

Support the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund at this early-May fundraiser. Read »

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Badwater Salton Sea: Mega Desert Event

Badwater Salton Sea: Mega Desert Event

Teams of runners'll cover 81 miles, from the low inland sea to Mount Palomar, over 28 intense hours. Read »

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 12:59 PM

Yosemite: Main Entry Gets a Reopen Date

Yosemite: Main Entry Gets a Reopen Date

Big Oak Flat Road, from the west, will once again be a way in to the national park. 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.