Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 9:32 AM

Feeding Frenzy Tour at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Feeding Frenzy Tour at Monterey Bay Aquarium

A "private viewing of a sea otter feeding" is just one wonder to behold. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:42 AM

Desert Gem: Cabot's Pueblo Museum

Desert Gem: Cabot's Pueblo Museum

The idiosyncratic abode, a vision of one man, is a Desert Hot Springs landmark. Read »

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 8:15 AM

OC Egg Drop for National Engineer's Week

OC Egg Drop for National Engineer's Week

"Tinkerers and builders of all ages" can participate in the Discovery Cube OC fun. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 7:31 AM

Santa Barbara Blooms: Orchid Extravaganza

Santa Barbara Blooms: Orchid Extravaganza

Buyers, experts, and beginners gather to savor the sophisticated flowers. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:06 AM

OC Restaurant Week: "Ride. Dine. Stay."

OC Restaurant Week:

Want to get more out of the early-March foodie to-do? Anaheim has ideas for you. Read »

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 10:44 AM

New: Historic Hotel Romance Super Site

New: Historic Hotel Romance Super Site

The "official program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation" has suggestions for traveling sweethearts. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Santa Barbara's Lotusland

Santa Barbara's Lotusland

The lush grounds debut with special events, plenty of blooms. Read »

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Winter Wonderlands Found: National Park Foundation Guide

Winter Wonderlands Found: National Park Foundation Guide

Need some snow in a spectacular setting? Get pretty picks. Read »

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Shore Hotel: Elopements and Sandcastles

Shore Hotel: Elopements and Sandcastles

Two different packages are in the Santa Monica spotlight. Read »

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 at 9:16 AM

Valentine's in the California State Parks

Valentine's in the California State Parks

Get under the sun with your sweetheart and take in some nature. 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.