Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Apr 6, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Beautifully Beastly: America's Family Pet Expo

Beautifully Beastly: America's Family Pet Expo

Find everything for your cuddle-buns in Costa Mesa. Read »

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 at 10:59 PM

Springtime Indoors: Bellagio Garden Abloom

Springtime Indoors: Bellagio Garden Abloom

It's the hotel's "first Japanese-inspired display," an ode to the floweriest of seasons. Read »

Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 at 1:28 PM

It's a Very Strawberry Time of Year in Oxnard

It's a Very Strawberry Time of Year in Oxnard

The contest-cute, pie-yummy bash sweetens up the middle of May. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 at 10:27 PM

Find Your Park: A Centennial Celebration

Find Your Park: A Centennial Celebration

The new campaign is helping people make a deeper connection with a favorite national park. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Tickets on Sale: Newport Beach Film Festival

Tickets on Sale: Newport Beach Film Festival

The resort-town-meets-screen scene ramps up in late April. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 9:33 PM

Monterey Open Sea Exhibit: Now With More Sardines

Monterey Open Sea Exhibit: Now With More Sardines

The aquarium adds 3,000 new sardines (making 12,000 total). Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Offbeat Easter Tradition: Death Valley Golf

Offbeat Easter Tradition: Death Valley Golf

Brunch it up, hunt for eggs, then swing on the lowest golf course on the planet. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Avocado Festival: Fallbook's Piquant Party

Avocado Festival: Fallbook's Piquant Party

Avocado racers, guac contests, and more creamy doings await. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 9:07 AM

Now Open: Yosemite's Glacier Point Road

Now Open: Yosemite's Glacier Point Road

It's an early spring open for the typically snowy route. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Sunny Supping: Desert Restaurant Week

Sunny Supping: Desert Restaurant Week

The yearly food-special party brings the warmth, good times to Palm Springs and beyond. 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.