Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Fox Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Fox Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Get to know more about the Channel Island cuties. Read »

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

Disneyland at 60: The Magic Kingdom Celebrates

Disneyland at 60: The Magic Kingdom Celebrates

A sparkly Diamond Celebration kicks off in late May. Read »

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Valentine's Cute: Free Schulz Museum Entry for Red-Haired Guests

Valentine's Cute: Free Schulz Museum Entry for Red-Haired Guests

The Santa Rosa institution approaches the love holiday with a loving wink. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 5:14 PM

"Alohaland" Beckons at Don the Beachcomber

Retro-historian Charles Phoenix takes a trip to the Huntington Beach bar. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Love Day at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena

Love Day at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena

Want to go the full fairytale this Valentine's? There's a package for that. Read »

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:04 AM

On the Horizon: Petals in the Desert

On the Horizon: Petals in the Desert

Fingers are crossing among flower fans that a good showing is near. Read »

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Pageant of the Masters: Sweet Valentine's Deal

Pageant of the Masters: Sweet Valentine's Deal

Need a gift for your Pageant-loving sweetheart? Read »

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:29 AM

New: Wine Fest Los Olivos

New: Wine Fest Los Olivos

The wine country town, known for its tasting rooms, gets its first dedicated vino party. Read »

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

A Play Inside a Hotel: "The Grift"

A Play Inside a Hotel:

The San Diego spectacle takes audiences on an immersive journey. Read »

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Solvang's Sweetest Retreat

Solvang's Sweetest Retreat

Sample pastries and wine in a town famous for pastries and wine. 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.