Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Wandering (and Snacking) Among the Windmills

Wandering (and Snacking) Among the Windmills

If you can only call upon one culinary event during Taste of Solvang, consider the biggie. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Ireland by Costa Mesa: St. Patrick's Fair

Ireland by Costa Mesa: St. Patrick's Fair

Irish dancing and tunes pair up with the OC Marketplace's Green Festival. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Pie Fest: Claremont Celebrates Pi Day

Pie Fest: Claremont Celebrates Pi Day

Don your apron and join the Apron Parade, apron enthusiasts. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Candlelit Classic: Earth Hour at Hotel del Coronado

Candlelit Classic: Earth Hour at Hotel del Coronado

The landmark hotel's fine dining restaurant turns off the lights for a romantic, planet-nice evening. Read »

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Bright Buds, Big Sky: Death Valley Spring Break

Bright Buds, Big Sky: Death Valley Spring Break

Dots of pink and purple near Furnace Creek add to the show. 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.