Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:49 AM

PAWmicon: Find a Superhero BFF in San Diego

PAWmicon: Find a Superhero BFF in San Diego

The capes are on the critters and adoption love is in the air. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:15 PM

Oxnard Heat: Salsa Festival

Oxnard Heat: Salsa Festival

The dance and the dip share the flavorful spotlight. Read »

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Go Soon: Mariposa Grove Closing for Restoration

Go Soon: Mariposa Grove Closing for Restoration

The 24-month project will bring the Yosemite treasure back to a more natural state. Read »

Monday, Jun 22, 2015 at 9:23 PM

Lights Off, Stars On: Summer Dark Sky Fests

Lights Off, Stars On: Summer Dark Sky Fests

Savor an ancient sight while standing near the big trees and old volcanoes. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 at 2:20 PM

California Wine Festival: Santa Barbara Edition

California Wine Festival: Santa Barbara Edition

Familiarize yourself with several wineries in one sippable swoop. Read »

Sunday, Jun 21, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Near Ventura: Boat Ride to Cueva Valdez

Near Ventura: Boat Ride to Cueva Valdez

Island Packers make a special trip to the Channel Islands nook and Painted Cave, too. Read »

Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Monterey Wave Tunnel: Summer Cooldown

Monterey Wave Tunnel: Summer Cooldown

A special aquarium walk-through may drop your toasty temperature, at least by suggestion. Read »

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Death Valley Summer: Hot Days and Hot Happenings

Death Valley Summer: Hot Days and Hot Happenings

Hear the beautiful tones of a rarely played organ, at Scotty's Castle. Read »

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 4:49 PM

World's Ugliest Dog: Time to Vote

World's Ugliest Dog: Time to Vote

We know, we totally do: You want to choose every last cutie to win, right? Read »

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 at 11:14 PM

San Dimas Bash: California Beer Festival

San Dimas Bash: California Beer Festival

The large-scale lagers-and-more traveling show has an eye on SoCal. 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.