Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Giant Gingerbread Houses on Approach

Giant Gingerbread Houses on Approach

The Fairmont, The Claremont, and other spots spotlight sugary lobby displays. Read »

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Santa Makes His Big, California-Style Water Arrivals

Santa Makes His Big, California-Style Water Arrivals

San Diego, Nick's Cove, Petaluma, and Capitola all watch for Kris Kringle's H20 hello. Read »

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Spend the Last Night of the Year on Catalina Island

Spend the Last Night of the Year on Catalina Island

The famous Casino Building drops the balloons and howdies 2015. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Starry Sleepover: Geminids, the Desert, the Night, and You

Starry Sleepover: Geminids, the Desert, the Night, and You

The mid-December sky show gets some back story, in Borrego Springs. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Vintage Vegas Package: Your Golden Gate Getaway

Vintage Vegas Package: Your Golden Gate Getaway

The city's oldest inn is summoning some of that wayback Sin City vibe. Read »

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Nevada City's 1800s-esque Kind of Holiday

Nevada City's 1800s-esque Kind of Holiday

Top hats on, Gold Country partiers; Victorian Christmas is nearly here. Read »

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM

The St. Regis Monarch Holiday Sand Sculpture

The St. Regis Monarch Holiday Sand Sculpture

Looking for an only-in-SoCal Christmas decoration? Dana Point has it. Read »

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 6:10 AM

In Full Wing: Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

In Full Wing: Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

That most spectacular of seasons is now fluttering. Read »

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Edwardian Ball Fans: "Soiled Dove" Alights in San Francisco

Edwardian Ball Fans:

The over-the-top dinner theater people ponder the Barbary Coast's storied past. Read »

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 7:14 AM

December Dash: Santa to the Sea

December Dash: Santa to the Sea

A California Christmas icon is a key player in the yearly half-marathon and 5K. 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.