Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Foxtrot in an Island Landmark

Foxtrot in an Island Landmark

Slip into your finery and catch a boat back to the 1920s (and Catalina Island). Read »

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Desert Fare: Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Desert Fare: Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Sup around the resorts and eateries that dot the desert, stylishly. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Hopland Sweet: Bees, Butterflies, and Wine

Hopland Sweet: Bees, Butterflies, and Wine

Spend a sun-laden day at the new garden at Saracina Vineyards. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Dippable Delish: Castroville Artichoke Fest

Dippable Delish: Castroville Artichoke Fest

The center of artichoke-onia pays tribute to the tender/tough superstar. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:21 AM

A Frightful Fall Favorite in May

A Frightful Fall Favorite in May

Saunter about the Winchester Mystery House after the sun goes down on May 13th. Read »

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 10:12 PM

Sun, Tunes, Vibes: Joshua Tree Music Festival

Sun, Tunes, Vibes: Joshua Tree Music Festival

The twice-a-year gathering returns in May. Read »

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 12:11 PM

San Diego Cool: All-Star Yoga

San Diego Cool: All-Star Yoga

Find your pose during the All-Star Week special event. Read »

Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:43 AM

Spring Break All Year: Omni Splash & Stay

Spring Break All Year: Omni Splash & Stay

Missed the whole vacation window? There's still time to get your sun/fun on. Read »

Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 at 8:10 AM

World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Enter Now

World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Enter Now

The Sonoma-Marin Fair tradition, which loves on offbeat pups, marks its 28th year. Read »

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Quirky Cars: Nevada City Soapbox Derby

Quirky Cars: Nevada City Soapbox Derby

Lovingly built human-powered vehicles will phoosh through the small burg. 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.