Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 9:06 AM

Beautiful Bellows: Cotati Accordion Festival

Beautiful Bellows: Cotati Accordion Festival

Polish your polka performance and join the summertime sound soiree. Read »

Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 8:23 AM

Monterey Farewell: 'Jellies' Last Jam

Monterey Farewell: 'Jellies' Last Jam

The popular, three-year show at the Monterey Bay Aquarium bids adieu. Read »

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Julian & Temecula: Grape Stomp Time

Julian & Temecula: Grape Stomp Time

Stretch those toes and limber up the heels; fall's juiciest happening is on the horizon. Read »

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 9:05 AM

Danish Days Delish: Aebleskiver-Eating Contest

Danish Days Delish: Aebleskiver-Eating Contest

Solvang's staple sweet steps into the September spotlight. Read »

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Above Big Bear: Scenic Sky Chair Ride

Above Big Bear: Scenic Sky Chair Ride

Soak in the mountain glory (no skis required). Read »

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Dancing, Grooves, Altitude: Idyllwild's Jazz in the Pines

Dancing, Grooves, Altitude: Idyllwild's Jazz in the Pines

It's the 22nd annual run for this fine tunes, fine times to-do. Read »

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Surprise Showing: Joshua Tree August Wildflowers

Surprise Showing: Joshua Tree August Wildflowers

No need to check the calendar; a typical spring sight makes a summer cameo. Read »

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 9:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 10 Years, Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

The Dog Beach Del Mar fundraiser'll feature Fidos and their humans riding the... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 9:37 PM

Borrego Nights: Summer Heat, Cool Sips, Wild Skies

Borrego Nights: Summer Heat, Cool Sips, Wild Skies

Find a great desert rate and eye the annual Perseids shower. Read »

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 6:12 PM

Happy 25th Anniversary, Silver City Ghost Town

Happy 25th Anniversary, Silver City Ghost Town

The quirky Kern County destination goes in search of phantoms with its fans. 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.