Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Monterey Wave Tunnel: Summer Cooldown

Monterey Wave Tunnel: Summer Cooldown

A special aquarium walk-through may drop your toasty temperature, at least by suggestion. Read »

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Death Valley Summer: Hot Days and Hot Happenings

Death Valley Summer: Hot Days and Hot Happenings

Hear the beautiful tones of a rarely played organ, at Scotty's Castle. Read »

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 4:49 PM

World's Ugliest Dog: Time to Vote

World's Ugliest Dog: Time to Vote

We know, we totally do: You want to choose every last cutie to win, right? Read »

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 at 11:14 PM

San Dimas Bash: California Beer Festival

San Dimas Bash: California Beer Festival

The large-scale lagers-and-more traveling show has an eye on SoCal. Read »

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Lupine Loveliness: It's On, Mono County

Lupine Loveliness: It's On, Mono County

The photo-amazing flowers make a pre-summer showing. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:27 PM

San Diego Treat: Breakfast with Koalas

San Diego Treat: Breakfast with Koalas

The early morning meal boasts tasty bites and quite the view. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Pampered Pets: Tenaya Lodge Package

Pampered Pets: Tenaya Lodge Package

Doing the Sierra with your pup? Here's a happy homebase. Read »

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 at 10:55 PM

Mission Inn's History Under the Stars

Mission Inn's History Under the Stars

The landmark is 112 and has many a story to tell; find out several of 'em. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 9:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach's Festival of the Arts

The beach town brims with creative bounty and to-dos, starting soon. See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 at 2:14 PM

A New Look for the Disneyland Main Street Windows

A New Look for the Disneyland Main Street Windows

Peter Pan and Cinderella are featured in some of the just-debuted displays. 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.