Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

A Play Inside a Hotel: "The Grift"

A Play Inside a Hotel:

The San Diego spectacle takes audiences on an immersive journey. Read »

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Solvang's Sweetest Retreat

Solvang's Sweetest Retreat

Sample pastries and wine in a town famous for pastries and wine. Read »

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Peek Inside Modernism Week's Trailer Fest

You can spy the interiors of these retro gems. See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Nevada City's Merry Mardi Gras

Nevada City's Merry Mardi Gras

The bead-tossing-est holiday is lively and quirky in the Gold Country town. Read »

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Frosty Freebies: Mammoth Kids' Ski Deal

Frosty Freebies: Mammoth Kids' Ski Deal

Planning on driving the fam up the mountain soon? You can save. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 1:37 PM

All Aboard: The Skunk's Special 2015 Trains

All Aboard: The Skunk's Special 2015 Trains

The on-the-rails landmark has some lively happenings ahead. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

Name Picked: Big Sur's Mystery Condor

Name Picked: Big Sur's Mystery Condor

The name is no mystery (or, rather, it is). Read »

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Big Bear Sweethearts: Your Frosty Valentine's Day

Big Bear Sweethearts: Your Frosty Valentine's Day

Treats and deals await twosomes who book a stay up the mountain. Read »

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 3:07 PM

OC Fair Fun (Before the OC Fair Begins)

OC Fair Fun (Before the OC Fair Begins)

The Costa Mesa spectacle launches the party well ahead of July. Read »

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Thomas Keller Pop-Up Inspires Silverado Stay-Over

Thomas Keller Pop-Up Inspires Silverado Stay-Over

Ad Lib makes its debut on Jan. 21. 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.