Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 7:09 AM

New Location: Sunset Celebration Weekend

New Location: Sunset Celebration Weekend

Explore wine, food, gardening, and Western living at the publication's wine country outpost. Read »

Friday, Apr 8, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Hasta, Winter: Bear Mountain Says Adieu

Hasta, Winter: Bear Mountain Says Adieu

Crave one last run? The time is nigh. Really, really nigh. Read »

Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Mountain Mmm: Taste of Julian

Mountain Mmm: Taste of Julian

Go beyond the apple, and the pie, for a culinary look at the beloved village. Read »

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Ojai Icon: It's Pixie Month

Ojai Icon: It's Pixie Month

The fruit-fabulous favorite inspires deals around the art-fun town. Read »

Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Nature by Night: Dark Sky Week

Nature by Night: Dark Sky Week

Take a moment to gaze up, after sundown, in wonder. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Two Harbors Getaway: Shipwreck Weekend

Two Harbors Getaway: Shipwreck Weekend

Make for the island, revelers, for this yearly hullabaloo. Read »

Friday, Apr 8, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Outside Lands: 2016 Line-up Announced

Outside Lands: 2016 Line-up Announced

Ready for the huge Golden Gate Park party? Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie are on the roster. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 at 9:31 PM

John Wayne's Boat: Birthday Cruise

John Wayne's Boat: Birthday Cruise

Step aboard the Wild Goose and enjoy the waves off Balboa Island. Read »

Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Arrive by Bark -- er, Bike -- at SB Earth Day

Arrive by Bark -- er, Bike -- at SB Earth Day

Santa Barbara's spring, planet-nice soiree has a cycle-sweet contest attached. Read »

Monday, Apr 4, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Weekend Rides: Sactown Historic Trains

Weekend Rides: Sactown Historic Trains

Roll out from the Central Pacific Freight Railroad Depot on the wayback rails. 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.