Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 at 8:49 AM

Santa Barbara Savings: Go Car Free

Santa Barbara Savings: Go Car Free

Show your Amtrak ticket and score deals around the American Riviera. Read »

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at 7:39 AM

Pacific Edge Hotel: El Niño Package

Pacific Edge Hotel: El Niño Package

Feeling a bit water-logged in Laguna Beach? Find fun in your room. Read »

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Fairfield

Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Fairfield

The mane-sporting celebs'll call upon Anheuser-Busch Brewery just in time for the Super Bowl. Read »

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 at 12:50 PM

June Lake Winter Festival

June Lake Winter Festival

A snowmobile poker rally and snow sculpting make the Mono County community merry. Read »

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Orchids Ahoy: Santa Barbara Extravaganza

Orchids Ahoy: Santa Barbara Extravaganza

One of the esteemed bud-and-buyer events returns for its 71st year. Read »

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 5:49 AM

Cypress Inn: Puppy Love Time

Cypress Inn: Puppy Love Time

Can your pooch perform a trick? You might score an upgrade at the historic Carmel hotel. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 at 9:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Cool: Vintage Trailer Show

Road trip dreams and nifty design scenes rule in the desert. View gallery »

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Play Tourist in Town: Mystery Trip

Play Tourist in Town: Mystery Trip

The be-surprised adventure takes SoCalers to iconic and fascinating locations. Read »

Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Shutters on the Beach: Rain Day Fun

Shutters on the Beach: Rain Day Fun

Take a bath, hang out in your ocean-close room, and bid El Niño welcome. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Daily Line-Up Announced: BottleRock Napa Valley

Daily Line-Up Announced: BottleRock Napa Valley

Who is taking the stage when? Find info for the Memorial Day Weekend music fest. 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.