Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 12:04 PM

99 Nifty Ways to 'Find Your Park'

99 Nifty Ways to 'Find Your Park'

The National Park Service is turning 99, and its supportive foundation has ideas on how to celebrate. Read »

Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Old World Oktoberfest: Steins, Dachshunds, Oompah

Old World Oktoberfest: Steins, Dachshunds, Oompah

The Munich-meets-Huntington-Beach revelry runs for several boisterous weeks. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Safari West: Name That Monkey

Safari West: Name That Monkey

Pick the perfect moniker for the baby Patas and win a free tour of the Santa Rosa preserve. Read »

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 9:50 PM

SIP Passport: Temecula Valley Autumn

SIP Passport: Temecula Valley Autumn

The leaves aren't quite turning on the vines, but September deals are in bloom. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 5:13 PM

A Fall-Fancy Stay Near The Winchester

A Fall-Fancy Stay Near The Winchester

Venturing to The Winchester Mystery House this October? There's a posh property within walking distance. Read »

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 10:15 PM

San Luis Obispo: Six New Wine Tasting Trails

San Luis Obispo: Six New Wine Tasting Trails

Plotting out where to try vinos this fall? Look to an updated map. Read »

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Visit the Working Farms of Ventura County

Visit the Working Farms of Ventura County

Take a free tour at one (or more) of twenty regional farms. Read »

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Christmas in Yosemite: Bracebridge Tickets

Christmas in Yosemite: Bracebridge Tickets

A national park and a long-running tradition combine over a handful of December nights. Read »

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Now in HD: Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam

Now in HD: Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam

Visit the Moss Landing-close sanctuary, and its star mammals, via your screen. Read »

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Month-Long Feast: Santa Barbara's epicure.sb

Month-Long Feast: Santa Barbara's epicure.sb

October is the American Riviera's foodiest time of the year. 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.