Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Aug 3, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Hay Wine Country! It's Nearly Scarecrow Time

Hay Wine Country! It's Nearly Scarecrow Time

The hay-happiest sign of fall makes a big showing around the Santa Ynez Valley. Read »

Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 at 8:37 AM

First of the Season: Lobsterfest Time

First of the Season: Lobsterfest Time

You don't have to wait for September for that first buttery dip. Read »

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Rustic Updates at Grant Grove Cabins

Rustic Updates at Grant Grove Cabins

Your rustic sequoia idyll can still happen (if you get cracking). Read »

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:48 PM

Mammoth Sale: 100 Days to Opening

Mammoth Sale: 100 Days to Opening

The ski resort has a special on, in anticipation of its November bow. Read »

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Happy 1st Anniversary, Anaheim Packing District

Happy 1st Anniversary, Anaheim Packing District

The always bustling public market throws a music-filled party. Read »

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 »

Monday, Aug 3, 2015 at 12:33 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 »

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.