Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 9:42 AM

Wine, Pastries, Cowboy Chow: Santa Ynez Eats

Wine, Pastries, Cowboy Chow: Santa Ynez Eats

Acquaint yourself with one of the state's most food-specific regions. Read »

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 2:21 PM

Mystery Condor: Help Name the New Chick

Mystery Condor: Help Name the New Chick

The young bird was discovered in Central California over the holidays. Read »

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Free Birthday Trips Extended: The Catalina Express

Free Birthday Trips Extended: The Catalina Express

Been meaning to try this pay-nothing favorite? There'll be more of it in 2015. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Alabama Hills Adventure: Travel "The Movie Road"

Alabama Hills Adventure: Travel

The Lone Pine-close setting has served as the backdrop to hundreds of Westerns. Read »

Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 at 5:19 PM

Flying for Del Mar: The Marvel Experience

Flying for Del Mar: The Marvel Experience

The hyper-reality tour teams up with Captain America, the Hulk, and other favorites. Read »

Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Chilly Strolls: Winter Trails Day

Chilly Strolls: Winter Trails Day

Layer up and head out, explorers. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 6:36 PM

Victorian High Jinks: Riverside Dickens Festival

Victorian High Jinks: Riverside Dickens Festival

"A Christmas Carol" buffs and those who love to costume will ye olde be there. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015 at 9:47 PM

BottleRock Napa Valley 2015: Line-Up Announced

BottleRock Napa Valley 2015: Line-Up Announced

Robert Plant, Imagine Dragons, and No Doubt will headline the May music party. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015 at 9:48 PM

Museum Month: San Diego's Half-Off February

Museum Month: San Diego's Half-Off February

Heading south in February? Culture up around town, for less. Read »

Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 at 9:07 AM

A Desert Birthday: Happy 80th, Elvis

A Desert Birthday: Happy 80th, Elvis

It's a hunka hunka hullabaloo at The King's Honeymoon Hideaway. 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.