Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:30 AM

H20-Close Dining: Avalon Restaurant Week

H20-Close Dining: Avalon Restaurant Week

Score a seat near the waves, or at least wave-adjacent, on Catalina Island. Read »

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Springtime on the Sugar Pine

Springtime on the Sugar Pine

Enjoy a Moonlight Melodrama or go goldpanning in the Sierra National Forest. Read »

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Tenaya Lodge: Yosemite 125th Anniversary Package

Tenaya Lodge: Yosemite 125th Anniversary Package

Stay just south of the park, commune with nature, and journal about it. Read »

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Opening Date Set: Six Flags Twisted Colossus

Opening Date Set: Six Flags Twisted Colossus

The newest coaster to vroom in Valencia is just days away. Read »

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Beer + Chocolate at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Beer + Chocolate at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Need an offbeat sweet for Mother's Day? Read »

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 9:44 PM

Sequoia Shuttle: On the Road Again

Sequoia Shuttle: On the Road Again

Step out from behind the wheel and get a good look at all of those spectacular giants. Read »

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Mammoth Lakes Film Fest

Mammoth Lakes Film Fest

A documentary spotlighting Steve Jobs opens the film party. Read »

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Crispy by the Coast: Monterey BaconFest

Crispy by the Coast: Monterey BaconFest

Raise your Bacon Margarita to all that is snappy and salty. Read »

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:38 AM

Furnace Creek Cosmic: Stay Near "Star Wars" Locations

Furnace Creek Cosmic: Stay Near "Star Wars" Locations

The Death Valley getaway suggests celebrating May 4th in the national park. Read »

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 4:09 PM

San Francisco Classic: Zappos.com Bay to Breakers

San Francisco Classic: Zappos.com Bay to Breakers

May is here and the outlandish cross-San-Francisco run is nearly here. 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.