Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Now in HD: Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam

Now in HD: Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam

Visit the Moss Landing-close sanctuary, and its star mammals, via your screen. Read »

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Month-Long Feast: Santa Barbara's epicure.sb

Month-Long Feast: Santa Barbara's epicure.sb

October is the American Riviera's foodiest time of the year. Read »

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Central Coast Celebration(s): FigtoberFest

Central Coast Celebration(s): FigtoberFest

Raise a September Stein in Buellton, Arroyo Grande... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Glittery Gussy Up: Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills

Glittery Gussy Up: Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills

Longing for a chic getaway? This 49-room property recently debuted its recent refresh. Read »

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 11:09 PM

Grass Valley Magic: Mondo Celtic Festival

Grass Valley Magic: Mondo Celtic Festival

Grab your fiddle for a large-scale jam or peruse the goodie-filled marketplace. Read »

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 2:34 PM

OC Adult Time: Discovery Cube Cocktails

OC Adult Time: Discovery Cube Cocktails

The kid-nice science center hosts a party for the grown-ups. Read »

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 »

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.