Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Dancing, Grooves, Altitude: Idyllwild's Jazz in the Pines

Dancing, Grooves, Altitude: Idyllwild's Jazz in the Pines

It's the 22nd annual run for this fine tunes, fine times to-do. Read »

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Surprise Showing: Joshua Tree August Wildflowers

Surprise Showing: Joshua Tree August Wildflowers

No need to check the calendar; a typical spring sight makes a summer cameo. Read »

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 9:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 10 Years, Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

The Dog Beach Del Mar fundraiser'll feature Fidos and their humans riding the... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 9:37 PM

Borrego Nights: Summer Heat, Cool Sips, Wild Skies

Borrego Nights: Summer Heat, Cool Sips, Wild Skies

Find a great desert rate and eye the annual Perseids shower. Read »

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 6:12 PM

Happy 25th Anniversary, Silver City Ghost Town

Happy 25th Anniversary, Silver City Ghost Town

The quirky Kern County destination goes in search of phantoms with its fans. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 at 5:42 PM

High Altitude Oompah: Big Bear Oktoberfest

High Altitude Oompah: Big Bear Oktoberfest

Prepare for eight consecutive weekends of brews, dancing, and fresh mountain air. Read »

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 2:34 PM

New: California Beer Fest San Dimas Grows

New: California Beer Fest San Dimas Grows

The September staple stretches to two days in 2015. Read »

Friday, Aug 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM

Act Fast: Bearpaw 2015 Dates Available

Act Fast: Bearpaw 2015 Dates Available

If a High Sierra sojourn is on your dream vacation list this year, you're in luck. Read »

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM

OC Offbeat: Recycled Fashion Show

OC Offbeat: Recycled Fashion Show

A Festival of Arts favorite makes us all rethink what we use, throw away, and wear. Read »

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 at 5:54 PM

Del Mar Delish: Chili Cook-Off

Del Mar Delish: Chili Cook-Off

Ponies, the Pacific, and piquant eats await. 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.