Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th (at His Palm Springs Casa)

Celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th (at His Palm Springs Casa)

Sip a cocktail poolside at the crooner's Twin Palms Estate. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Vegas Yuletide: Sin City's Sparkliest Season

Vegas Yuletide: Sin City's Sparkliest Season

The Bellagio gardens and a life-sized chocolate Santa lend pizzazz. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Mountain Glow: New Year's Eve Torchlight Parades

Mountain Glow: New Year's Eve Torchlight Parades

Tahoe Donner and other ski spots'll honor the visual tradition. Read »

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM

January Debut: "Frozen Fun" at Disneyland Resort

January Debut:

Olaf, Elsa, and Anna turn their sleds for Disney California Adventure. Read »

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Salton Sea: Winter Solstice Kayak Tour

Salton Sea: Winter Solstice Kayak Tour

Acquaint yourself with the mysterious body of water, oar in hand. Read »

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Opening: Yosemite's Badger Pass

Opening: Yosemite's Badger Pass

The national park ski area has readied the runs for winter fun. Read »

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Rustic Seasonal: Carmel Valley Ranch Holiday

Rustic Seasonal: Carmel Valley Ranch Holiday

A Nutcracker tea, soap-making workshops, and Santa lend charm to the nature-close getaway. Read »

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 9:09 AM

The High Roller's Happy 12-13-14

The High Roller's Happy 12-13-14

Weddings on the giant Ferris wheel will be the theme of the magical Vegas day. Read »

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Granite and Ice: Curry Village Rink Open

Granite and Ice: Curry Village Rink Open

The view, cannot be beat (nor the fresh air). Where is it? Yosemite, of course. Read »

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

New: Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Jelly Cam

New: Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Jelly Cam

Need a little diaphanous magic on your screen? You got it. 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.