Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Paddling in Redding: Awesome Adventures

Paddling in Redding: Awesome Adventures

Mountains, views, the Sundial Bridge? It's all there, to enjoy from the water. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 9:23 PM

Mojave Maxine Sighting: Excitement Builds

Mojave Maxine Sighting: Excitement Builds

The clock is on for the most famous tortoise of the desert resort cities. Read »

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 6:58 PM

The Gondolas of Channel Islands Harbor

The Gondolas of Channel Islands Harbor

Sit back for an old-school on-the-water trip just off shore. Read »

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Joshua Tree Funky: Spin and Margie's

Joshua Tree Funky: Spin and Margie's

The colorful casitas sit right outside of the national park. Read »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 7:05 AM

Wine Passport: Santa Ynez Valley Valentine's

Wine Passport: Santa Ynez Valley Valentine's

Fifteen regional tasting rooms are on board for the holiday weekend. Read »

Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Joshua Tree: Centennial Hiking Challenge

Joshua Tree: Centennial Hiking Challenge

In honor of the National Park Service's 100th, visitors are invited to hike 100 miles. Read »

Sunday, Jan 24, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Beach Pursuits: A Hotel Del Package

Beach Pursuits: A Hotel Del Package

Two of your new year's resolutions might dovetail at the San Diego landmark. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 at 9:46 PM

Butterfly Fun at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Butterfly Fun at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

A springtime favorite will start its annual flutter in mid-March. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Fess Parker Inn Restaurant Week Special

Fess Parker Inn Restaurant Week Special

Headed to wine country to try some new tastes? Bed down in luxury for a night. Read »

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Whale 'Underwater Ballet': Epic Sight

Whale 'Underwater Ballet': Epic Sight

The Island Packers video captures one of the marvels of nature. 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.