Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 7:29 AM

Bubblefest: Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

Bubblefest: Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

Science gets lighter than air, in Santa Ana. Read »

Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 at 10:19 AM

Butterfly Jungle: Wing Your Way to Safari Park

Butterfly Jungle: Wing Your Way to Safari Park

Eye Orange Julias, Tailed Jays, and more breeze-catching beauties. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM

MOPA San Diego: Pay What You Wish Days

MOPA San Diego: Pay What You Wish Days

Pay five dollars? Or a hundred? The Balboa Park institution welcomes you. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 7:10 AM

Dream Wheels: La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Dream Wheels: La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

The water-snug spectacular spotlights museum-worthy vroom-vrooms. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Support Your Local Bison: Catalina Island Conservancy Ball

Support Your Local Bison: Catalina Island Conservancy Ball

Raise funds for the furry denizens of the island while whooping it up at the Casino. Read »

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

The Masai Giraffe calf was born in the wee hours of March 14. Read »

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM

The Universe in Anaheim: "Star Wars" Convention

The Universe in Anaheim:

Actors, screenings, and special appearances festoon the April celebration. Read »

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 at 7:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Madonna Inn Sells Its Vintage Bedspreads

The San Luis Obispo charmer is going for a linens refresh. See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 7:09 AM

Re-Opened: Death Valley's Zabriskie Point

Re-Opened: Death Valley's Zabriskie Point

The stark and stunning area welcomes visitors (and weeks ahead of schedule, too). Read »

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Foamy Confab: California Beer Festival

Foamy Confab: California Beer Festival

The Marin, Santa Cruz, San Dimas, and Ventura traveling bev show is setting its sights on summer. 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.