Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Sunny Supping: Desert Restaurant Week

Sunny Supping: Desert Restaurant Week

The yearly food-special party brings the warmth, good times to Palm Springs and beyond. Read »

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Street Closure: Van Halen Rocks Hollywood

Street Closure: Van Halen Rocks Hollywood

The band is set to perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Read »

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Bunnies and Trains: Engines Steam Into Spring

Bunnies and Trains: Engines Steam Into Spring

Roaring Camp and the Skunk Train are both making Easter weekend runs. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 9:32 PM

New Book Features California's "Abroad" Places

New Book Features California's

Solvang, Healdsburg, and other Golden State spots made the internationally flavored roster. Read »

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 at 6:01 PM

Sierra Spring: Lighten Up at Tenaya Lodge

Sierra Spring: Lighten Up at Tenaya Lodge

Wildflowers, and outdoorsy happenings, are blooming near the Yosemite-close resort. Read »

Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 at 3:57 PM

Deals and Delights: Car-Free in the American Riviera

Deals and Delights: Car-Free in the American Riviera

Going to Santa Barbara via Amtrak? Money-savers await. Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 4:09 PM

Rancho Santa Fe Sweet: Twin Foals' Fifth Birthday

Rancho Santa Fe Sweet: Twin Foals' Fifth Birthday

The rare twosome will enjoy cake and a reunion with their mother. Read »

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Juicy April: Pixie Month in Ojai

Juicy April: Pixie Month in Ojai

The citrus favorite is everywhere, from tours to gift baskets to drinks. Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:39 AM

California State Parks: Earth Day Volunteering

California State Parks: Earth Day Volunteering

Wild and beautiful spots around the state are looking for people to pitch in. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 9:25 PM

Announced: Outside Lands Line-Up

Announced: Outside Lands Line-Up

Elton John and Mumford & Sons will perform at the huge San Francisco music festival. 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.