Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Palm Springs Wheels: The Buzz Trolley

Palm Springs Wheels: The Buzz Trolley

Want to make the scene around the city's plentiful bars? You can, safely. Read »

Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Mousequerade: Dress Up at D23 Expo

Mousequerade: Dress Up at D23 Expo

The Disney mega convention is in August, which means you best get going on that amazing costume pronto. Read »

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 7:28 AM

Swallows Day at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Swallows Day at Mission San Juan Capistrano

A sweet tradition gets its traditional due, complete with a parade. Read »

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 5:54 PM

Tacos to Treats: Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Tacos to Treats: Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Noshing around Corona, Ontario, Riverside? Save the bucks. Read »

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Woof Woof: Calabasas Canine Classic

Woof Woof: Calabasas Canine Classic

Help out local organizations while fresh-air-ing it up with your Fido. Read »

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:41 PM

Soon on Sale: Next Winter's Cali4nia Pass

Soon on Sale: Next Winter's Cali4nia Pass

Get a deal and ski at a quartet of California resorts. Read »

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 7:29 AM

Bubblefest: Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

Bubblefest: Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

Science gets lighter than air, in Santa Ana. Read »

Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 at 10:19 AM

Butterfly Jungle: Wing Your Way to Safari Park

Butterfly Jungle: Wing Your Way to Safari Park

Eye Orange Julias, Tailed Jays, and more breeze-catching beauties. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM

MOPA San Diego: Pay What You Wish Days

MOPA San Diego: Pay What You Wish Days

Pay five dollars? Or a hundred? The Balboa Park institution welcomes you. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 7:10 AM

Dream Wheels: La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Dream Wheels: La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

The water-snug spectacular spotlights museum-worthy vroom-vrooms. 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.