Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:31 AM

El Capitan's Big February Show

El Capitan's Big February Show

Horsetail Fall is set to glow again -- fingers (and sunlight) crossed. Read »

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 8:02 AM

Hotel del Celebrates "Vowentine's Day"

Hotel del Celebrates

Join a large renewal and wedding ceremony in the historic Crown Room. Read »

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 6:46 AM

National Parks: First 2015 Fee-Free Day Ahead

National Parks: First 2015 Fee-Free Day Ahead

Admission-charging parks will waive their fee for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Read »

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Haute Bites: Dine Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Haute Bites: Dine Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Not all of the Restaurant Weeks wrap at the start of the month. Read »

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 9:41 PM

San Diego New: Climb the California Tower

San Diego New: Climb the California Tower

The Balboa Park icon is open for ascensions. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM

San Diego Sweet: Baby Rhino Gets a Buddy

San Diego Sweet: Baby Rhino Gets a Buddy

The calves met at the start of the year at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Read »

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 9:01 AM

Back and Bright: Old-School Disneyland Fireworks

Back and Bright: Old-School Disneyland Fireworks

"Fantasy in the Sky" is back over Sleeping Beauty's Castle. Read »

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 »

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.