Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:07 PM

Mammoth Bike Park: 5 New Trails

Mammoth Bike Park: 5 New Trails

Pop a wheelie at the cool-temp'd summer destination. Read »

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Temecula Tasty: Microbrew + Chili Fest

Temecula Tasty: Microbrew + Chili Fest

A solid, it's-almost-summer pairing turns up the heat 'n hops. Read »

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 7:51 AM

Chowder and Vino in Monterey

Chowder and Vino in Monterey

An annual favorite spotlights both sips and creamy soups. Read »

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Tioga Time: The Sierra Route Opens

Tioga Time: The Sierra Route Opens

Need to head from Groveland to Mono Lake? Your route just got shorter. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 4:37 PM

Balloons + Wine at Temecula Valley Fest

Balloons + Wine at Temecula Valley Fest

The three-day bash includes glows, tunes, and food tastes galore. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Rioja Wine and Tapas at Union Station

Rioja Wine and Tapas at Union Station

Take a jaunt to Spain, via downtown LA, at Union Station. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Return to "Innerspace" and see a bevy of fresh shorts. Read »

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:04 PM

Now Open: Crystal Cave

Now Open: Crystal Cave

The subterranean wonder is found in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Read »

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Summer Starter: Bacon & Barrels

Summer Starter: Bacon & Barrels

The San Diego eat/sip soiree brings the sizzle. Read »

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 9:58 PM

The Olives of Los Olivos

The Olives of Los Olivos

Spend the first Saturday in June at one of the prettiest towns in any wine country. 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.