Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jun 15, 2015 at 3:14 PM

Rendition: Musical Wind-Down at The W West Beverly Hills

Rendition: Musical Wind-Down at The W West Beverly Hills

Enjoy some swanky hotel vibes without checking in. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Free Summer Tradition: Military Days at the Tram

Free Summer Tradition: Military Days at the Tram

The Palm Springs up-the-mountain transport will waive admission for service members. Read »

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Free Fullerton: Day of Music

Free Fullerton: Day of Music

Ukeleles, guitars, and more music-making shall greet the solstice. Read »

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 6:13 PM

National Park Road Trips: Your Handy Maps

National Park Road Trips: Your Handy Maps

Eye a quartet of cool maps that cover a caboodle of wonders. Read »

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Blue Whales, Ahoy: It's That Time of Year

Blue Whales, Ahoy: It's That Time of Year

Feel the deep awe upon seeing the largest animals on earth. Read »

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 9:20 PM

Huck Finn Bluegrass Jubilee: Big Stars, Big Tunes

Huck Finn Bluegrass Jubilee: Big Stars, Big Tunes

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers'll strum the strings in Ontario. Read »

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Sawdust Art Summer: Festival + Classes

Sawdust Art Summer: Festival + Classes

Discover a new favorite artist. Or discover your own artistic talents. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 7:55 PM

Dad's Day: San Diego Surf Vacation

Dad's Day: San Diego Surf Vacation

Seeking a more sporty way to fete your father? Get on board. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Oyster Festival: Slurp in San Diego

Oyster Festival: Slurp in San Diego

Briny bite up, head back, go: Bivalve buffs (and tune fans) are ready to partay. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Billionaire's Beach Staycation: Malibu Beach Inn

Billionaire's Beach Staycation: Malibu Beach Inn

Need some beautiful beach communing? You can get it, no airplane required. 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.