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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 at 8:06 AM

Sweet Adoption Fair: 'Cookies and a Critter'

Sweet Adoption Fair: 'Cookies and a Critter'

Girl Scout Cookie season is winding down, but not before the Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts a cute, do-good, treat-tastic party. Read »

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 at 9:27 PM

After the Storm: A Big Sur 'Fun'-raiser

After the Storm: A Big Sur 'Fun'-raiser

Want to lend love and support to the community? Call upon Carmel on the last Saturday in March for an evening of spoken word, more. Read »

Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 at 10:57 AM

Historic Hotels: 'Spectacular Spring Savings'

Historic Hotels: 'Spectacular Spring Savings'

Book a stay at The Claremont in Berkeley, La Valencia in La Jolla, or another member hotel, and save. Read »

Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Island Packers: Whale-Awesome Adventures

Island Packers: Whale-Awesome Adventures

The season for Pacific Grays hasn't bid us farewell quite yet. Read »

Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Mammoth Mountain: Memorial Weekend Deals

Mammoth Mountain: Memorial Weekend Deals

Mid-spring skiing is on up the mountain, as are the savings on lodging. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 at 4:22 PM

Fairy Tale Fun at Santa Barbara Zoo

Fairy Tale Fun at Santa Barbara Zoo

Princesses, pirates, and others will be out to "Save the Frogs." Read »

Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 7:59 AM

Spear Soiree: Asparagus Fest

Spear Soiree: Asparagus Fest

The oh-so-spring party is an April staple on the Stockton calendar. Read »

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 at 6:33 PM

Palm Springs New: La Serena Villas

Palm Springs New: La Serena Villas

The built-in-1933 property re-debuts as a new desert-cool getaway. Read »

Monday, Mar 13, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Base Camp: Desert Festival Glamping

Base Camp: Desert Festival Glamping

The lodging pop-up will include well-appointed tents for those attending Coachella and Stagecoach. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 at 12:47 PM

West Coast BBQ Classic: New Categories

West Coast BBQ Classic: New Categories

Bacon and sweets get starring roles at the Queen Mary mmm-mmm bash. 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.