Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 10:26 PM

Clip-Clop Into History: Old Sac Gold Rush Days

Clip-Clop Into History: Old Sac Gold Rush Days

The 1800s return to Old Sacramento over Labor Day Weekend. Read »

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM

OC Pride: Celebrate in Santa Ana

OC Pride: Celebrate in Santa Ana

Performers, family activities, and community doings abound around downtown. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 9:46 PM

Kitschy Slides: Charles Phoenix's Sacramentoland

Kitschy Slides: Charles Phoenix's Sacramentoland

Remember stops at Pancake Circus as you headed to Tahoe as a kid? Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 10:52 PM

Free: Jazz Flows at the InterContinental Los Angeles

Free: Jazz Flows at the InterContinental Los Angeles

Crystal Starr & The Bowties headline the first of two summer concerts. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 9:46 PM

Mono County's Excited for Fall Travel

Mono County's Excited for Fall Travel

Already planning your foliage trip? Better get cracking on reservations. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 10:42 PM

Mega Yoga Gathering (LA's Biggest + Views)

Mega Yoga Gathering (LA's Biggest + Views)

Daydream about performing Half Pigeon on a beautiful bluff? It can happen, for free. Read »

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 »

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.