Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 8:12 PM

St. Helena Valentine's: Poetry Written for You

St. Helena Valentine's: Poetry Written for You

It's a wine country getaway with a fresh prism (plus fine wine, too). Read »

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 10:51 AM

Doggie Gras in Rancho Santa Fe

Doggie Gras in Rancho Santa Fe

Pups'll gussy up for a roll down BourBONE Street. Read »

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 6:15 AM

Mammoth Hits a Snowy Milestone

Mammoth Hits a Snowy Milestone

The mountain's inches have now out-inched last season. Read »

Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 1:17 PM

San Jose Landmark: Hotel De Anza's Refresh

San Jose Landmark: Hotel De Anza's Refresh

The 85-year-old property's buff-up is now complete. Read »

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 at 11:49 AM

Historic Hotels: Two New California Inductees

Historic Hotels: Two New California Inductees

Inns in San Francisco and Berkeley are now part of the esteemed group. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Mind-Expanding Art: Segerstrom Off Center Fest

Mind-Expanding Art: Segerstrom Off Center Fest

"Nufonia Must Fall" will roll at the annual avant garde happening. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 at 12:55 PM

OC Fair: First Concert Reveal

OC Fair: First Concert Reveal

Opening day is July 15. Are you ready to get your summer rocking on? Read »

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Omni La Costa's Family Adventure Package

Omni La Costa's Family Adventure Package

Play at LEGOLAND and then play at the resort's pools. Read »

Monday, Jan 18, 2016 at 11:53 AM

Surprise Flower Show: Death Valley Bloom

Surprise Flower Show: Death Valley Bloom

The annual buds are making a promising January debut. Read »

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at 7:38 AM

Biggest Heart Balloon: Oceanside Valentine's

Biggest Heart Balloon: Oceanside Valentine's

The 25-footer will appear at locations throughout the city. 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.