Worth the Drive
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Chocolate Decadence & Pechanga Wine Festival

Chocolate Decadence & Pechanga Wine Festival

Keep the Valentine's mood going, food- and sip-wise, in Temecula. Read »

Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 at 8:02 AM

Big Bear Polar Plunge: 'Freezin' for a Reason'

Big Bear Polar Plunge: 'Freezin' for a Reason'

Dash into the mountaintop lake in support of Special Olympics Southern California. Read »

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 2:17 PM

Food-stravaganza: Bon Appétit's Vegas Uncork'd

Food-stravaganza: Bon Appétit's Vegas Uncork'd

Glam'd-up grub and tony sips: It's a Sin City chef-packed spectacular. Read »

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Bodie Calendar Contest: Enter Your Photo

Bodie Calendar Contest: Enter Your Photo

Have you taken a stunning snap at the famous ghost town? Now's your chance to see it on a wall. Read »

Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 at 8:01 AM

Mojave Maxine Makes Her Spring Debut

Mojave Maxine Makes Her Spring Debut

The Living Desert's famous desert tortoise emerged for spring. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Dry Creek April: Prelude to Passport

Dry Creek April: Prelude to Passport

The late-April affair arrives with an anticipation-filled opener. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Valentine's at the Queen Mary

Valentine's at the Queen Mary

Burlesque, the big ship, and the Love Holiday dovetail together. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 at 9:07 PM

Mission Inn Presidential Suite Stay

Mission Inn Presidential Suite Stay

Ten presidents have stayed at the Riverside landmark throughout the decades. Read »

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 2:17 PM

Spring Doing: Highway 1 Discovery Route

Spring Doing: Highway 1 Discovery Route

Thinking of a road trip come March or April? A scenic thoroughfare awaits. Read »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Snuggle Up: Damp Days at Quail Lodge

Snuggle Up: Damp Days at Quail Lodge

Clouds overhead shouldn't prevent a restorative getaway. 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.