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

YARTS: Go Yosemite from Fresno

YARTS: Go Yosemite from Fresno

Want to relax on your ride into the national park? There's a new way. Read »

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 8:40 AM

Wheel Deal: Steve McQueen Car Show

Wheel Deal: Steve McQueen Car Show

The chrome-gleaming fundraiser rolls for Chino Hills. Read »

2 hours ago

Kern County Charmer: Izzy the Ghost Town Cat

Kern County Charmer: Izzy the Ghost Town Cat

See something slinking around Silver City? It might be more feline than phantom. Read »

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Brut-camp: Work Out at Domaine Carneros

Brut-camp: Work Out at Domaine Carneros

Get your heart rate up, and exercise on, in Napa Valley. Read »

58 minutes ago

Mysterious Road Trip: Trona Pinnacles

Mysterious Road Trip: Trona Pinnacles

Visit another solar system without leaving California. Read »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:13 PM

24 Hours at Disneyland: The Need-to-Knows

24 Hours at Disneyland: The Need-to-Knows

The big 60th anniversary bash will draw many, many Mouse mavens. Read »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:12 PM

Old-School Ojai: Pixie Lunchbox, Famous Artist

Old-School Ojai: Pixie Lunchbox, Famous Artist

Local resident Sergio Aragonés designs a cute keepsake for Friend's Ranches. Read »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 8:15 PM

New: Carter Estate Winery in Temecula

New: Carter Estate Winery in Temecula

Jim Carter's 119-acre spread made its middle-of-May debut. Read »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Olives in Los Olivos (and Great Jazz, Too)

Olives in Los Olivos (and Great Jazz, Too)

The Santa Ynez Valley hamlet honors its glistening namesake. Read »

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:37 AM

Locals Deal: Staycation at Shade Hotel

Locals Deal: Staycation at Shade Hotel

Need a vacation from your vacation? Your Manhattan Beach deal awaits. 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.