Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 5:31 PM

Disney Doings: D23 Visits Vineyards, Studios...

Disney Doings: D23 Visits Vineyards, Studios...

Lunches with Disney legends, studio tours, and more round out the calendar. Read »

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM

40th Anniversary: OC's Famous Avila's El Ranchito

40th Anniversary: OC's Famous Avila's El Ranchito

One of the OC's classic Mexican favorites celebrates in April with throwback dishes and deals. Read »

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Wee Okapi: Aww Over Amaranta at Safari Park

Wee Okapi: Aww Over Amaranta at Safari Park

The little calf is charming visitors three mornings a week in the African Woods. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 at 10:54 PM

Living Desert: Park After Dark

Living Desert: Park After Dark

Enjoy s'mores, a campfire, and critter visits at the Palm Desert animal park. Read »

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 9:32 AM

First Flower Report: Joshua Tree Wildflowers

First Flower Report: Joshua Tree Wildflowers

An arid expanse gets colorful with the coming of spring. Read »

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 9:32 AM

Feeding Frenzy Tour at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Feeding Frenzy Tour at Monterey Bay Aquarium

A "private viewing of a sea otter feeding" is just one wonder to behold. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Desert Gem: Cabot's Pueblo Museum

Desert Gem: Cabot's Pueblo Museum

The idiosyncratic abode, a vision of one man, is a Desert Hot Springs landmark. Read »

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 8:15 AM

OC Egg Drop for National Engineer's Week

OC Egg Drop for National Engineer's Week

"Tinkerers and builders of all ages" can participate in the Discovery Cube OC fun. Read »

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 6:25 PM

Santa Barbara Blooms: Orchid Extravaganza

Santa Barbara Blooms: Orchid Extravaganza

Buyers, experts, and beginners gather to savor the sophisticated flowers. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:06 AM

OC Restaurant Week: "Ride. Dine. Stay."

OC Restaurant Week:

Want to get more out of the early-March foodie to-do? Anaheim has ideas for you. 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.