Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Friends of James Beard Weekend

Friends of James Beard Weekend

Cuisine lovers land at La Quinta for chefly meals and foodly dialogue. Read »

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Flurry Force: Mammoth's Opening Day Ahead

Flurry Force: Mammoth's Opening Day Ahead

An early November snow dump banished those warm-fall blues. Read »

Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Persimmons in Orange

Persimmons in Orange

One of the most fall-ish of fruits receives a hometown-y sweet tribute. Read »

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Bows and Mouse Ears: The Holidays Head for Disneyland

Bows and Mouse Ears: The Holidays Head for Disneyland

The Haunted Mansion keeps its spooky "Nightmare" theme, but trees and ornaments are on their way. Read »

Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Desert Dazzle: WildLights

Desert Dazzle: WildLights

Palm Desert greets the season with an after-sundown glow. Read »

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Posh US Grant Package: "12 Days of San Diego"

Posh US Grant Package:

Book the landmark's Presidential Suite for 12 consecutive nights, and paint the town. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Vine and Screen: Napa Valley Film Festival

Vine and Screen: Napa Valley Film Festival

Kevin Costner and Michelle Monaghan will be honored at the mega movie party. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Foam on the Rise: San Diego Beer Week

Foam on the Rise: San Diego Beer Week

"More than 20,000 beer enthusiasts" make for craft brewing's #1 kingdom. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Gingerbread, Mmm, and Science, Mmm

Gingerbread, Mmm, and Science, Mmm

The Discovery Science Center gets down to the nitty-gritty of the holidays. Read »

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

On Sale: Irvine Park Christmas Railroad Tickets

On Sale: Irvine Park Christmas Railroad Tickets

All aboard for an Orange County classic. 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.