Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 9:11 AM

Palm Springs Sips: "Mad Men"-Inspired Cocktails

Palm Springs Sips: "Mad Men"-Inspired Cocktails

The hit series is wrapping, and the stylish town is paying tribute. Read »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM

And the San Diego Zoo Baby Hippo Is...

And the San Diego Zoo Baby Hippo Is...

Keepers made the big reveal about the zoo's new swimming star. Read »

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Swinging This Way: The Big Summer County Fairs

Swinging This Way: The Big Summer County Fairs

The San Diego County Fair opens on the first Friday in June. Read »

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Humboldt Offbeat: Grand Kinetic Championship

By land and by water, fanciful machines shall progress, over Memorial Day Weeken... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 3:41 PM

Costa Mesa Fun: Sip Wine, Paint, and Support Creativity

Costa Mesa Fun: Sip Wine, Paint, and Support Creativity

Surfas Culinary and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity team up for a cool night. Read »

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

King and Queen Canines: Puppy Prom

The Rancho Santa Fe bash brought out adopted rescue dog alumni. See Full Gallery »

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 3:06 PM

New: Terranea Resort Sea Salt Conservatory

New: Terranea Resort Sea Salt Conservatory

The Rancho Palos Verdes destination opens a greenhouse dedicated to salt collected near the property. Read »

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:42 PM

Pavement Palette: Santa Barbara's I Madonnari

Pavement Palette: Santa Barbara's I Madonnari

Look down, and sigh, at art-nice springtime delights. Read »

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Happy 110th, La Playa Carmel

Happy 110th, La Playa Carmel

It's a celebratory century, plus a decade, at the historic hotel. Read »

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:48 AM

"Phantom" Fun on Catalina Island

"Phantom" Fun on Catalina Island

Watch the 1925 classic in the gorgeous 1929 Avalon Casino Theatre. 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.