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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Santa Barbara Earth Day Weekend: It's Big

Santa Barbara Earth Day Weekend: It's Big

Show your planet-lovely love at a heartfelt American Riviera celebration. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 10:13 AM

Dana Point Whale Watching: Mother's Day Fun

Dana Point Whale Watching: Mother's Day Fun

Spend the holiday out on the Pacific, looking for blowholes and flukes. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at 9:29 PM

Giant Pumpkins on the Horizon

Giant Pumpkins on the Horizon

Have (really) big plans for the fall? Your first stop is right ahead. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at 11:26 AM

Buellton Bash: Spring Grand Tasting

Buellton Bash: Spring Grand Tasting

The "longest running Santa Barbara County wine festival" sparkles in its 35th outing. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 10:28 PM

Yosemite Bike Rentals: Now Open

Yosemite Bike Rentals: Now Open

Spin your pedals in the epic valley this spring. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Rare Chance: Mike Grgich Winemaker Dinner

Rare Chance: Mike Grgich Winemaker Dinner

Spend an evening with a vino legend, in Rancho Mirage. Read »

Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 2:13 PM

The Sanctuary at Soledad Goats

The Sanctuary at Soledad Goats

Make for the Mojave spread that's home to a group of gorgeous goats, pigs, dogs... Read »

Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Newport Beach Film Festival 2017

Newport Beach Film Festival 2017

Settle in and watch top-notch cinema at "Orange County's largest entertainment event." Read »

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 12:34 PM

San Clemente Micro-Brew Festival

San Clemente Micro-Brew Festival

The lark, hosted by Left Coast Brewing Company, will round up a caboodle of crafty brew experts (and what they like to make). Read »

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at 2:13 PM

D23 Expo: Mouse-tastic Details Arriving Now

D23 Expo: Mouse-tastic Details Arriving Now

The Anaheim-based, everything-Disney convention is making big reveals, Mouse mavens. 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.