Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Mountain Marvel: Palm Springs Tram Pass

Mountain Marvel: Palm Springs Tram Pass

Spending some time around the desert resorts? Here's your ticket to cooler hot days. Read »

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 3:43 AM

Fast Bikes: AMGEN Tour of California

Fast Bikes: AMGEN Tour of California

San Diego, Morro Bay, Lodi, and more cities'll host the famous pedal party. Read »

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 3:19 AM

'Top Gun' Day at Hotel del Coronado

'Top Gun' Day at Hotel del Coronado

The landmark will screen the Coronado-filmed '80s classic. Read »

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 5:20 AM

Universal Studios Hollywood: New Hotel Program

Universal Studios Hollywood: New Hotel Program

Planning on flying for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Consider these stay-overs. Read »

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 5:03 AM

Glen Ellen Getaway: Gaige House's Zen Suite

Glen Ellen Getaway: Gaige House's Zen Suite

A quiet, garden-close retreat awaits at the Four Sisters inn. Read »

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Carlsbad Getaway: Grown-up Play Date

Carlsbad Getaway: Grown-up Play Date

Find merriment, Milk Duds, and movies, just a few minutes from the beach. Read »

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 4:15 AM

Happy 75th, Knott's Berry Farm Ghost Town

Happy 75th, Knott's Berry Farm Ghost Town

The rootin', tootin' Buena Park attraction marks a major milestone. Read »

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 6:17 AM

Art + Heart: Paint the Parks!

Art + Heart: Paint the Parks!

Adore putting brush to canvas in some of California's most spectacular settings? You can help the park you love. Read »

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Luscious Stuff: California Strawberry Festival

Luscious Stuff: California Strawberry Festival

Save us some strawberry nachos, please. 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.