Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Summer Starter: Bacon & Barrels

Summer Starter: Bacon & Barrels

The San Diego eat/sip soiree brings the sizzle. Read »

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 9:58 PM

The Olives of Los Olivos

The Olives of Los Olivos

Spend the first Saturday in June at one of the prettiest towns in any wine country. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 12:21 PM

GoPro Fun at a Carlsbad Inn

GoPro Fun at a Carlsbad Inn

Rent the Ultimate Beach Kit and record your day at Carlsbad State Beach. Read »

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Free Concerts at North Lake Tahoe

Free Concerts at North Lake Tahoe

The pay-nothing summer series is revving up for a spirited, sound-packed run. Read »

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM

On Vacation: Madonna Inn Pink Chocolate

On Vacation: Madonna Inn Pink Chocolate

The "all-natural rosy coloring" is missing (but won't be forever). Read »

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:10 AM

Summer Concert Series on Catalina Island

Summer Concert Series on Catalina Island

Descanso Beach Club is the balmy setting for live shows, cool beverages, Pacific waves. Read »

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 6:19 AM

Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival

Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival

Dig swanky suds and cool comics? Your party is on, this July, in San Diego. Read »

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Road Trip Time: Indian Wells Package

Road Trip Time: Indian Wells Package

Toodling into the desert resorts in your wagon or convertible? There's a stay-over package made for you. Read »

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Mountain Trio: Ski/Bike/Golf Challenge

Mountain Trio: Ski/Bike/Golf Challenge

It's an everything-at-once time of year up at Mammoth. Read »

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Summer Kick-off: Sacramento Music Festival

Summer Kick-off: Sacramento Music Festival

The Memorial Day Weekend has dozens of tune-sweet acts and family fun times, too. 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.