Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Terranea Resort: Music on the Meadows

Terranea Resort: Music on the Meadows

What are you and your pops doing on Father's Day Saturday? There's an ocean-close concert on, and more. Read »

Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 1:16 PM

Lavender of the Central Coast

Lavender of the Central Coast

Peruse 100+ booths and pick up soaps, sachets, oils, and more. Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 7:04 AM

Reds Meadow: 'Little Yosemite' to Open

Reds Meadow: 'Little Yosemite' to Open

The idyllic spot, and Devils Postpile, will have a mid-June debut. Read »

Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 1:05 PM

California Clambake on Coronado Beach

California Clambake on Coronado Beach

It's a warm-weather tradition times three, with June, July, and August dates ahead. Read »

Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 at 3:12 PM

2016 OC Fair Discounts

2016 OC Fair Discounts

Make for the midway, but save a few bucks as you go. Read »

Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 at 12:42 PM

Abalone Camp at Little River Inn

Abalone Camp at Little River Inn

Go diving, then learn the art of preparing the flavorful snail. Read »

Friday, Jun 10, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Rare Autos: Peek Under the Hood

Rare Autos: Peek Under the Hood

Take a deeper peek at the inner workings of early cars, in Oxnard. Read »

Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Color Your Park Coloring Book

Color Your Park Coloring Book

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's hitRECord and the National Park Foundation partner up on a get-creative project. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Bellagio Gardens: Go Under the Sea

Bellagio Gardens: Go Under the Sea

The Las Vegas hotel goes on "an underwater voyage" for summer. Read »

Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 at 7:41 AM

Glam New: Sheraton Grand Los Angeles

Glam New: Sheraton Grand Los Angeles

The Sheraton Los Angeles Hotel received the special designation after a $75-million renovation. 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.