Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Indian Wells Idyll: Spring Break in the Desert

Indian Wells Idyll: Spring Break in the Desert

Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa has a play-and-chillax package, spring breakers. Read »

Friday, Mar 6, 2015 at 9:53 AM

Beer Camp: Go to Suds School at Sierra Nevada

Beer Camp: Go to Suds School at Sierra Nevada

Here's your chance to discover the art of beer-making, from some of the masters. Read »

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:37 AM

Bon Appétit Fest: Vegas Uncork'd

Bon Appétit Fest: Vegas Uncork'd

It's a splashy foodie party in that oh-so-over-the-top town. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 3:54 PM

All-Zinfandel Paso Robles Weekend

All-Zinfandel Paso Robles Weekend

The winter-into-spring sip gets its own Zinposium. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:44 AM

Nevada City Charm: The Inn Town Campground

Nevada City Charm: The Inn Town Campground

Want to be with nature but not too far from the hubbub, too? Hang tight, campers. Read »

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:05 AM

SLO Sip Springtime: Roll Out the Barrels

SLO Sip Springtime: Roll Out the Barrels

A full month -- think the entirety of April -- will be wine-a-riffic 'round the Central Coast town. Read »

Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Merry Murphys: Celebrate Irish Day

Merry Murphys: Celebrate Irish Day

The Gold Country burg welcomes St. Patrick's Day with the wearing of the green. Read »

Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Camp Indoors: South Lake Tahoe's Basecamp Hotel

Camp Indoors: South Lake Tahoe's Basecamp Hotel

Sleep inside a tent (under a roof). Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 7:40 AM

Ritz-Carlton LA: Spa Meets Rooftop Garden

Ritz-Carlton LA: Spa Meets Rooftop Garden

That basil and orange in your treatment? It was grown nearby. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Re-Opening April 1: The Wawona

Re-Opening April 1: The Wawona

The Mariposa Grove-close landmark says hello to warmer weather. 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.