Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 10:44 AM

New: Historic Hotel Romance Super Site

New: Historic Hotel Romance Super Site

The "official program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation" has suggestions for traveling sweethearts. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Santa Barbara's Lotusland

Santa Barbara's Lotusland

The lush grounds debut with special events, plenty of blooms. Read »

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Winter Wonderlands Found: National Park Foundation Guide

Winter Wonderlands Found: National Park Foundation Guide

Need some snow in a spectacular setting? Get pretty picks. Read »

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Shore Hotel: Elopements and Sandcastles

Shore Hotel: Elopements and Sandcastles

Two different packages are in the Santa Monica spotlight. Read »

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 at 9:16 AM

Valentine's in the California State Parks

Valentine's in the California State Parks

Get under the sun with your sweetheart and take in some nature. Read »

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 1:04 PM

First of the County Fairs: Riverside Opens

First of the County Fairs: Riverside Opens

Date-loving diners, your festival is here. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Malibu Pet-A-Palooza

Malibu Pet-A-Palooza

Best Friends Animal Society and Malibu Country Mart are teaming on a sweet get-'em-adopted happening. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 9:25 PM

Oh, Hello Mountain Snow: There You Are

Oh, Hello Mountain Snow: There You Are

Stow those shorts, flakes fans; February is acting February-ish, finally. Read »

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 6:40 AM

Drink of the Desert: Date Shake

Drink of the Desert: Date Shake

Is this your first beverage heading into Palm Springs (and your last on the way out)? 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.