Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Snow and Flowers: Mono County Late Spring

Snow and Flowers: Mono County Late Spring

Find beautiful sights of the wintry and warm-weather kind. Read »

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7:51 AM

Balloon Bash: Temecula Valley Takes Flight

Balloon Bash: Temecula Valley Takes Flight

So many vinos, so much hot air balloon glow; ready for this big party? Read »

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4:47 PM

Beard Buffs: Join a Costa Mesa Contest

Beard Buffs: Join a Costa Mesa Contest

Have a fancy bit of fluff on the chin? Show it off at the OC Market Place. Read »

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:45 AM

New: Family Coaster to Debut at Adventure City

New: Family Coaster to Debut at Adventure City

The not-too-steep, not-too-high ride zooms for a June opening. (And then zooms backwards!) Read »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Big Bear Lake Village Wine Walk

Big Bear Lake Village Wine Walk

A June evening, some light sips, and a stroll among the shops. Read »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Aw Shucks: Oyster Time at Avila Beach

Aw Shucks: Oyster Time at Avila Beach

How many ways do you like to take your glistening bivalves? Read »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:48 AM

Sounds of Summer: Newport Beach Jazz Festival

Sounds of Summer: Newport Beach Jazz Festival

The listen-up season arrives with fine music by the bay. Read »

Monday, May 25, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Crispy Confab: Queen Mary Bacon Party

Crispy Confab: Queen Mary Bacon Party

Tickets are now available for the early August sizzlefest. Read »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 3:12 PM

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 »

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.