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

Festival del Sole: Napa Valley Summer Soiree

Festival del Sole: Napa Valley Summer Soiree

A glorious run of concerts, feastings, and more art-filled doings await. Read »

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Très Drôle: Santa Barbara French Festival

Très Drôle: Santa Barbara French Festival

The long-running festival is known for its tunes, food, and the Poodle Parade. Read »

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 at 12:55 PM

New: Yountville Tasting Room Passport

New: Yountville Tasting Room Passport

Sip, and school yourself, on the labels of the wine-perfect town. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 at 9:28 PM

Silent DJ Parties Rev Up Hyatt Palm Springs

Silent DJ Parties Rev Up Hyatt Palm Springs

Don your headphones and enjoy a fresh spin on a thumping Saturday night bash. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 at 2:23 PM

America's Birthday in The American Riviera

America's Birthday in The American Riviera

Ponies, parades, and more hometown sweetnesses await in Santa Barbara. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 at 11:10 AM

LEED Lovely: Santa Monica's Ambrose Hotel

LEED Lovely: Santa Monica's Ambrose Hotel

Updated charms and eco-nice amenities are on the stylish roster. Read »

5 hours ago

To Catalina Island, by Water Skis

To Catalina Island, by Water Skis

Call the annual race the most invigorating way to visit Avalon. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 9:33 PM

Big Sur Condors: A Majestic Fundraiser

Big Sur Condors: A Majestic Fundraiser

Peek at a bald eagle visit and a new baby. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:27 PM

High Altitude Fourth of July: Mountain Parties

High Altitude Fourth of July: Mountain Parties

Cooler temps and fabulous fireworks? Mammoth and Big Bear have 'em. Read »

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 9:50 AM

D23 Expo: Advance Ticket Sale Ending

D23 Expo: Advance Ticket Sale Ending

The castle-big Disney fan convention is coming up, in August. 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.