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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Riverside County Fair: Summer in Wintertime

Riverside County Fair: Summer in Wintertime

The National Date Festival is also a part of the February party. Read »

Sunday, Jan 8, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Cool: Dance Weekend in Monterey

Cool: Dance Weekend in Monterey

Zumba to West Coast Swing: Shake your stuff at this stylish celebration. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 9:52 PM

San Diego Sweet: Girl Scout Cookie Desserts

San Diego Sweet: Girl Scout Cookie Desserts

Thin Mints and other sweet classics'll pop up in interesting dishes around mid-January. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 11:15 PM

Desert by Night: 'Park After Dark'

Desert by Night: 'Park After Dark'

Spy nocturnal critters at the every-so-often Living Desert to-do. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 2:41 PM

Horsetail Fall: Yosemite's February Show

Horsetail Fall: Yosemite's February Show

Be in the valley juuust as the setting sun sets the water "afire" (or magically seems to). Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Free Fun: Sacramento Museum Day

Free Fun: Sacramento Museum Day

Enjoy gratis or half-price admission at a caboodle of Capital City institutions. Read »

Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Mojave Maxine: Awaiting a Desert Superstar

Mojave Maxine: Awaiting a Desert Superstar

Students will guess when The Living Desert tortoise will emerge from her burrow. Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Santa Barbara Flavor: Winter Wine Classic

Santa Barbara Flavor: Winter Wine Classic

Prepare for "nearly 100 classic California wines" at this American Riviera soiree. Read »

Friday, Jan 6, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Wintertime Package: Escape to Catalina

Wintertime Package: Escape to Catalina

Book the "Season of Escape" package and enjoy an Avalon overnight. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Ski Resorts: Big Snowy Action

Ski Resorts: Big Snowy Action

Mammoth Mountain is fully open, and Squaw Valley is seeing major flakeage. 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.