Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Granite and Ice: Curry Village Rink Open

Granite and Ice: Curry Village Rink Open

The view, cannot be beat (nor the fresh air). Where is it? Yosemite, of course. Read »

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

New: Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Jelly Cam

New: Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Jelly Cam

Need a little diaphanous magic on your screen? You got it. Read »

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Holiday Time, Over-the-Top: Madonna Inn

Holiday Time, Over-the-Top: Madonna Inn

Splashy Christmas meals, shopping haps, and an ice rink round out the SLO scene. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Casita Updates Debut at La Quinta Resort & Club

Casita Updates Debut at La Quinta Resort & Club

The storied desert property undergoes a big renovation. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Vegas Neon Museum's December to Remember

Vegas Neon Museum's December to Remember

Watch the Sin City signs sparkle with seasonal spunk. Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

In the Near Distance: Gray Whale Season

In the Near Distance: Gray Whale Season

Bundle up and be on the lookout for blowholes. Read »

Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 at 8:08 AM

New: Historic Del Mar Walking Tour

New: Historic Del Mar Walking Tour

Get the backstory on the buildings you pass and visit often. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

New: 125th Yosemite Anniversary Site

New: 125th Yosemite Anniversary Site

Want to keep track of all the celebrations? This site can help. Read »

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 at 5:04 PM

General Grant Ceremony: Trek to the Tree

General Grant Ceremony: Trek to the Tree

Carolers and a military tribute salute "The Nation's Christmas Tree." Read »

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Encinitas Enchantment: Garden of Lights

Encinitas Enchantment: Garden of Lights

Eye succulents all a-sparkle as the Botanic Gardens get to glowing. 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.