Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Movie Nights at the Hotel Irvine

Movie Nights at the Hotel Irvine

Soak in the chillaxing hotel vibes (with no need to stay over). Read »

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:14 PM

Tasty Marin-Sonoma Sojourn: The Cheese Trail

Tasty Marin-Sonoma Sojourn: The Cheese Trail

Venture to West Marin for a tasty day not far from Tomales Bay. Read »

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:34 PM

Yappy Hour at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Yappy Hour at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Ocean views and canine companionship unite at a special hotel hang-together. Read »

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 11:11 AM

Kinetic Whimsy Rules Willits

Kinetic Whimsy Rules Willits

Steampunk tomfoolery, delightful music, and Kinetic Handcar Races are just up the 101. Read »

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Stargaze Amaze: Eye Planets Above Glacier Point

Stargaze Amaze: Eye Planets Above Glacier Point

Look up as you're up above Yosemite Valley. Read »

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 8:17 AM

Desert Spa Twist: La Casa del Zorro's Cool Stones

Desert Spa Twist: La Casa del Zorro's Cool Stones

The Borrego Springs hotspot keeps it chill on warm summer days. Read »

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Santa Barbara Tradition: Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara Tradition: Old Spanish Days

The dance-filled, horsey-happy, tradition-laden celebration marks its 91st. Read »

Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 at 6:05 AM

Tiki Oasis: Retro Vibes in San Diego

Tiki Oasis: Retro Vibes in San Diego

Don your loudest shirt and a neon lei and get your vintage on. Read »

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 8:19 AM

The Sea Glass of Carpinteria

The Sea Glass of Carpinteria

Beautiful, shiny, smooth: Celebrate the fantastic found treasures. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Big Bear Cycling Festival

Big Bear Cycling Festival

The week-long wheel-fun gathering'll soak in the mountain views/air. 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.