Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Play Tourist in Town: Mystery Trip

Play Tourist in Town: Mystery Trip

The be-surprised adventure takes SoCalers to iconic and fascinating locations. Read »

Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Shutters on the Beach: Rain Day Fun

Shutters on the Beach: Rain Day Fun

Take a bath, hang out in your ocean-close room, and bid El Niño welcome. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Daily Line-Up Announced: BottleRock Napa Valley

Daily Line-Up Announced: BottleRock Napa Valley

Who is taking the stage when? Find info for the Memorial Day Weekend music fest. Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Valentine's Weekend on Catalina Island

Valentine's Weekend on Catalina Island

Ocean views and zip line adventure; the hearts-y weekend gets awesome, in Avalon. Read »

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 8:16 AM

An Arts Crawl with Valentine's Heart

An Arts Crawl with Valentine's Heart

The every-so-often Anaheim stroll will have a feel of the February holiday. Read »

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Rides, Dates, Shows: Riverside County Fair

Rides, Dates, Shows: Riverside County Fair

It's the rare wintertime county fair, full of fruit-tastic goodness. Read »

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Winchester New: February Flashlight Fridays

Winchester New: February Flashlight Fridays

The Super Bowl will roll nearby, and the Winchester Mystery House has a new/vintage event afoot. Read »

Friday, Jan 29, 2016 at 9:14 PM

The Desert, a Sunset, and Big Balloons

The Desert, a Sunset, and Big Balloons

The wintertime, look-up lark is ready for take-off. Read »

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Inspiring: San Diego Cheetah's Story

Inspiring: San Diego Cheetah's Story

Surgery gave the beautiful beastie the chance to run as fast as the wind. Read »

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 9:38 PM

Desert Divine: Southwest Arts Festival

Desert Divine: Southwest Arts Festival

Hundreds of artists, and thousands of fans, converge in Indio. 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.