Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM

'Star Trek': Live Orchestra Spectacular

'Star Trek': Live Orchestra Spectacular

Experience five decades of fantastic TV and movie music at the Segerstrom. Read »

Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Magical Mystery Tours Along the Wine Road

Magical Mystery Tours Along the Wine Road

Wend around Northern Sonoma by luxury bus, supping and sipping at a quintet of wineries. Read »

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 7:46 AM

A 'Happy Birthday' Fit for Our Parks

A 'Happy Birthday' Fit for Our Parks

It's the National Park Service's centennial, and a new version of an old song sweetly strings together park-perfect sounds. Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 6:17 PM

CHIchella: Adoptable Pups Rule

CHIchella: Adoptable Pups Rule

The Helen Woodward Animal Center loves on the little tykes in its tail-wagging brood. Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Disney Fun: A Conversation with Kurt Russell

Disney Fun: A Conversation with Kurt Russell

The Disney film legend pays a visit to the Food & Wine Festival. Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Wineries Celebrate Down to Earth Month

Wineries Celebrate Down to Earth Month

A number of vineyards are hosting tours and special events in April. Read »

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Just Ahead: Ninjago World at LEGOLAND

Just Ahead: Ninjago World at LEGOLAND

Building stations, games, and an awesome ride are centerpieces of the new experience. Read »

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 11:46 AM

DINE LBC: Sup and Save

DINE LBC: Sup and Save

Soon after the fast cars zoom away, the supper specials shall start. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Giant Bike Expo: Sea Otter Classic

Giant Bike Expo: Sea Otter Classic

The everything-cycle spectacular pedals into Monterey. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 6:52 AM

Sierra Summit: Pink Moon Party

Sierra Summit: Pink Moon Party

Hop the gondola up the mountain at Mammoth for evening fun. 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.