Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
4 hours ago

Memorial Day Weekend on a Famous Train

Memorial Day Weekend on a Famous Train

Take a jaunt to Jamestown for old-fashioned fun-having on the Sierra No. 3. Read »

5 hours ago

Mission Inn: Heroes' Welcome Package

Mission Inn: Heroes' Welcome Package

The historic Riverside Inn is honoring military members and first responders over Memorial Day Weekend. Read »

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 8:32 PM

On the Way: California WorldFest

On the Way: California WorldFest

Yoga, tunes, art, and nice vibes make for good times in Grass Valley. Read »

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Roadshow Revival: The Hotel Package

Roadshow Revival: The Hotel Package

The mondo American roots music festival is set to strum in Ventura. Read »

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Mammoth Bike Park: 5 New Trails

Mammoth Bike Park: 5 New Trails

Pop a wheelie at the cool-temp'd summer destination. Read »

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Temecula Tasty: Microbrew + Chili Fest

Temecula Tasty: Microbrew + Chili Fest

A solid, it's-almost-summer pairing turns up the heat 'n hops. Read »

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 7:51 AM

Chowder and Vino in Monterey

Chowder and Vino in Monterey

An annual favorite spotlights both sips and creamy soups. Read »

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Tioga Time: The Sierra Route Opens

Tioga Time: The Sierra Route Opens

Need to head from Groveland to Mono Lake? Your route just got shorter. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 4:37 PM

Balloons + Wine at Temecula Valley Fest

Balloons + Wine at Temecula Valley Fest

The three-day bash includes glows, tunes, and food tastes galore. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Rioja Wine and Tapas at Union Station

Rioja Wine and Tapas at Union Station

Take a jaunt to Spain, via downtown LA, at Union Station. 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.