Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 at 11:27 AM

National Lighthouse Day at Point Cabrillo

National Lighthouse Day at Point Cabrillo

Take a lens tour at the ocean-snug landmark. Read »

Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Velvety Heavens: Lassen Dark Sky Fest

Velvety Heavens: Lassen Dark Sky Fest

Retreat to one of the low-light-iest corners of the state. Then gaze up. Read »

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Accordion Magic: Cotati Festival

Accordion Magic: Cotati Festival

Be drawn in by the bellows-sweet ballads at the August sound summit. Read »

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Indian Wells Getaway: Sunshine on Sale

Indian Wells Getaway: Sunshine on Sale

Yep, it's warm, very, very warm, but that makes for primo pool time at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Read »

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 at 11:29 AM

A-peeling: Sacramento Banana Fest

A-peeling: Sacramento Banana Fest

Is it your go-to snack, breakfast, dessert? Go to the capital city in August. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Catalina Island: Unlimited Fun Day Pass

Catalina Island: Unlimited Fun Day Pass

Make your way to the magical land, and then hop on a tour, or boat ride, or... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Elvis Amazing: Tribute Artists Go OC

Elvis Amazing: Tribute Artists Go OC

Run a comb through your pompadour and roll your Cadillac for Garden Grove. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Can-Can Confab: Santa Barbara French Fest

Can-Can Confab: Santa Barbara French Fest

Dance, wine, and dressy poodles bring the "ooh la la" to the American Riviera. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Juicy Jamboree: Sacratomato Festival

Juicy Jamboree: Sacratomato Festival

The capital's flavorful week lands at several top restaurants. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Happy 50th, Robert Mondavi Winery

Happy 50th, Robert Mondavi Winery

Celebrate with a day of entertainment, buggy rides, and legendary sips. 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.