Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 at 7:25 PM

LEED Lovely: Santa Monica's Ambrose Hotel

LEED Lovely: Santa Monica's Ambrose Hotel

Updated charms and eco-nice amenities are on the stylish roster. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 at 1:02 PM

To Catalina Island, by Water Skis

To Catalina Island, by Water Skis

Call the annual race the most invigorating way to visit Avalon. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 9:33 PM

Big Sur Condors: A Majestic Fundraiser

Big Sur Condors: A Majestic Fundraiser

Peek at a bald eagle visit and a new baby. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:27 PM

High Altitude Fourth of July: Mountain Parties

High Altitude Fourth of July: Mountain Parties

Cooler temps and fabulous fireworks? Mammoth and Big Bear have 'em. Read »

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 9:50 AM

D23 Expo: Advance Ticket Sale Ending

D23 Expo: Advance Ticket Sale Ending

The castle-big Disney fan convention is coming up, in August. Read »

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 10:28 AM

Oils, Jams, Tapenades: The Olives of Paso Robles

Oils, Jams, Tapenades: The Olives of Paso Robles

Producers of olive products galore gather at Downtown City Park. Read »

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:46 AM

Ciders and Brews, Santa Rosa to Healdsburg

Ciders and Brews, Santa Rosa to Healdsburg

You know its famous wine scene; now dip into its foams and hops. Read »

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Pleistocene Cred: Sand City

Pleistocene Cred: Sand City

The stretch of Monterey County coastline is the highest on the Central Coast. Read »

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 5:12 AM

Fourth of July Flavorful: World's Largest Salmon BBQ

Fourth of July Flavorful: World's Largest Salmon BBQ

The Fort Bragg tradition heats up the grills on Independence Day. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Sactown Chillax: The Citizen Layover

Sactown Chillax: The Citizen Layover

On your way to Tahoe, Oregon, or elsewhere? Get your first night's rest. 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.