Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Left Coast Micro-Brew Fest

Left Coast Micro-Brew Fest

Spend a sunshiny Saturday in San Clemente trying some top-notch regional foams. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Pick-Your-Own-Blueberries Time in Somis

Pick-Your-Own-Blueberries Time in Somis

The sweet and healthful season opens for another flavorful run. Read »

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Garlic Contest: Submit Your Top Dish

Garlic Contest: Submit Your Top Dish

Garlic's hottest showdown is on the heat-tasty horizon. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 11:04 PM

Sequoia Parks Conservancy Challenge

Sequoia Parks Conservancy Challenge

Ready to Hike the Redwood Canyon Trail and stroll to Mist Falls? Read »

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 1:58 PM

350 Films: Newport Beach Film Festival

350 Films: Newport Beach Film Festival

Celluloid and sunshine, ahoy. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Summer Suds: California Beer Festival

Summer Suds: California Beer Festival

The traveling showcase of the state's stellar foams -- plus brews beyond our borders -- is heading for Novato, Ventura... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM

'Star Trek': Live Orchestra Spectacular

'Star Trek': Live Orchestra Spectacular

Experience five decades of fantastic TV and movie music at the Segerstrom. Read »

Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Magical Mystery Tours Along the Wine Road

Magical Mystery Tours Along the Wine Road

Wend around Northern Sonoma by luxury bus, supping and sipping at a quintet of wineries. Read »

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 7:46 AM

A 'Happy Birthday' Fit for Our Parks

A 'Happy Birthday' Fit for Our Parks

It's the National Park Service's centennial, and a new version of an old song sweetly strings together park-perfect sounds. Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 6:17 PM

CHIchella: Adoptable Pups Rule

CHIchella: Adoptable Pups Rule

The Helen Woodward Animal Center loves on the little tykes in its tail-wagging brood. 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.