Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Cypress Inn: Love on the Rocks Package

Cypress Inn: Love on the Rocks Package

Cocktails, a posh room, and a kayak adventure await. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Cats 'n Cold: Snow Leopard Festival

Cats 'n Cold: Snow Leopard Festival

The Santa Barbara Zoo tradition summons the flakes, fun. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

On Sale: 2015 "Pageant of the Masters" Tickets

On Sale: 2015

Tickets are available for the most hold-still-iest treat in all the land. Read »

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Palm Springs Tram Tree: A Bright Light

Palm Springs Tram Tree: A Bright Light

Singer Jack Jones will perform the seasonal honors. Read »

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Deep Death Valley, Velvety Night Shining Bright

Deep Death Valley, Velvety Night Shining Bright

The powerful telescopes are returning in February. Read »

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Dana Point's IlluminOcean

Dana Point's IlluminOcean

The harbor lights up with fantastical sea creatures and holiday cheer. Read »

Friday, Nov 28, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Giant Gingerbread Houses on Approach

Giant Gingerbread Houses on Approach

The Fairmont, The Claremont, and other spots spotlight sugary lobby displays. Read »

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Santa Makes His Big, California-Style Water Arrivals

Santa Makes His Big, California-Style Water Arrivals

San Diego, Nick's Cove, Petaluma, and Capitola all watch for Kris Kringle's H20 hello. Read »

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Spend the Last Night of the Year on Catalina Island

Spend the Last Night of the Year on Catalina Island

The famous Casino Building drops the balloons and howdies 2015. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Starry Sleepover: Geminids, the Desert, the Night, and You

Starry Sleepover: Geminids, the Desert, the Night, and You

The mid-December sky show gets some back story, in Borrego Springs. 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.