Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

On Sale: Stagecoach Festival 2015

On Sale: Stagecoach Festival 2015

Country's biggest desert jam opens up the lines a half year early. Read »

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Colorful Convict Lake: Fall's in Full Bloom

Colorful Convict Lake: Fall's in Full Bloom

The call is out that the trees are bright and the word is "now." Read »

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Meaty Deals: Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Meaty Deals: Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Slater's 50/50, EAT Marketplace & Eatery, and dozens more jump in. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Riverside's Storied Ghosts

Riverside's Storied Ghosts

The Dark Dreams Doorway adds an audio dimension to this year's ghost walks. Read »

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

New Del Mar: The Bing Crosby Season

New Del Mar: The Bing Crosby Season

An inaugural shorter second season takes stride at the track, in November. Read »

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Open Streets Event: Re:Imagine Garden Grove

Open Streets Event: Re:Imagine Garden Grove

Walk, cartwheel, or do yoga over three miles of closed Garden Grove road. Read »

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Spooky San Francisco: Hotel Union Square

Spooky San Francisco: Hotel Union Square

Is Room 514 of the historic inn haunted? Read »

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

June Lake: Fall Foliage and Fancy Foams

June Lake: Fall Foliage and Fancy Foams

The trees are going to town while local beermakers pour their best. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Kinetic Whimsy Machines Roll in Ventura

Kinetic Whimsy Machines Roll in Ventura

Imaginatively built cars lend support for the Turning Point Foundation. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Outlandish Golf Carts Delight Palm Desert

Outlandish Golf Carts Delight Palm Desert

The fall roll summons the car-crafty creativity of area residents. 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.