Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 8:16 AM

An Arts Crawl with Valentine's Heart

An Arts Crawl with Valentine's Heart

The every-so-often Anaheim stroll will have a feel of the February holiday. Read »

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Rides, Dates, Shows: Riverside County Fair

Rides, Dates, Shows: Riverside County Fair

It's the rare wintertime county fair, full of fruit-tastic goodness. Read »

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Winchester New: February Flashlight Fridays

Winchester New: February Flashlight Fridays

The Super Bowl will roll nearby, and the Winchester Mystery House has a new/vintage event afoot. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 at 9:07 PM

The Desert, a Sunset, and Big Balloons

The Desert, a Sunset, and Big Balloons

The wintertime, look-up lark is ready for take-off. Read »

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Inspiring: San Diego Cheetah's Story

Inspiring: San Diego Cheetah's Story

Surgery gave the beautiful beastie the chance to run as fast as the wind. Read »

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 9:38 PM

Desert Divine: Southwest Arts Festival

Desert Divine: Southwest Arts Festival

Hundreds of artists, and thousands of fans, converge in Indio. Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 12:02 PM

Madera Delish: Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Madera Delish: Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Is this your top taste duo? Your Valentine's Weekend is all mapped out. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Paddling in Redding: Awesome Adventures

Paddling in Redding: Awesome Adventures

Mountains, views, the Sundial Bridge? It's all there, to enjoy from the water. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 9:23 PM

Mojave Maxine Sighting: Excitement Builds

Mojave Maxine Sighting: Excitement Builds

The clock is on for the most famous tortoise of the desert resort cities. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 10:59 AM

The Gondolas of Channel Islands Harbor

The Gondolas of Channel Islands Harbor

Sit back for an old-school on-the-water trip just off shore. 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.