Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jul 20, 2015 at 10:34 PM

Wine Tasting at the Winchester Mystery House

Wine Tasting at the Winchester Mystery House

It's a "spirited" thing to do at the spooky San Jose landmark. Read »

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 11:56 AM

A Fictional Favorite Visits Felton

A Fictional Favorite Visits Felton

A sweet engine leaves the page/screen and choo-choos through the redwoods. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 9:35 PM

On the Horizon: Sunset Savor the Central Coast

On the Horizon: Sunset Savor the Central Coast

The start-of-fall party is full of chef demos, farm tours, and local wines. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Tickets on Sale: Gilroy Garlic Festival

Tickets on Sale: Gilroy Garlic Festival

Fiery times await at the food-famous hoedown. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Opening Day: Del Mar's Horses, Hats, and History

Opening Day: Del Mar's Horses, Hats, and History

You might even catch a glimpse of Triple Crown legend American Pharoah. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 12:13 PM

San Francisco Stay: The New Buchanan Hotel

San Francisco Stay: The New Buchanan Hotel

The "neighborhood pied-a-terre" recently opened near strollable Fillmore Street. Read »

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Fall Fab: Palm Springs Modernism Bash

Fall Fab: Palm Springs Modernism Bash

A smaller chic event flowers in October (ahead of February's huge to-do). Read »

Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

New: Wine Country Clean Air Express

New: Wine Country Clean Air Express

The new Saturday ride'll whisk day-trippers from Santa Barbara into the Santa Ynez Valley. Read »

Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Ryman Arts Fetes Disneyland Memories

Ryman Arts Fetes Disneyland Memories

It's an evening of magical legends and art, in Garden Grove. Read »

Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Free After 5: Sawdust Announces OC Resident Nights

Free After 5: Sawdust Announces OC Resident Nights

Have your I.D. out and check the schedule for a chance to save bucks at a Laguna Beach classic. 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.