Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Color Your Park Coloring Book

Color Your Park Coloring Book

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's hitRECord and the National Park Foundation partner up on a get-creative project. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Bellagio Gardens: Go Under the Sea

Bellagio Gardens: Go Under the Sea

The Las Vegas hotel goes on "an underwater voyage" for summer. Read »

Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 at 7:41 AM

Glam New: Sheraton Grand Los Angeles

Glam New: Sheraton Grand Los Angeles

The Sheraton Los Angeles Hotel received the special designation after a $75-million renovation. Read »

Friday, Jun 10, 2016 at 1:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New: Hotel Carmel Debuts

The 27-room boutique inn debuts after a refresh. View gallery »

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 at 1:29 PM

Lake Casitas Confab: Ojai Wine Festival

Lake Casitas Confab: Ojai Wine Festival

It's the 30th anniversary for the Ventura County vino party and fundraiser. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Wine Walk: Solvang Third Wednesday

Wine Walk: Solvang Third Wednesday

The stroll-and-sippers aren't just in March or at the holidays; acquaint yourself with local vinos over the summer. Read »

Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Roll Out the Barrels in SLO

Roll Out the Barrels in SLO

Greet the first days of summer at a mission-close cuisine confab. Read »

Monday, Jun 6, 2016 at 11:18 AM

The Lavender of Ojai

The Lavender of Ojai

If the fragrant herb is your favorite scent, make for the art town. Read »

Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Mammoth: Open Through Fourth of July

Mammoth: Open Through Fourth of July

Don't bid winter farewell just yet, lovers of snowy pursuits. Read »

Friday, Jun 3, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Encinitas: A Garden Full of Fairies

Encinitas: A Garden Full of Fairies

Wings and whimsical things rule San Diego Botanic Garden. 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.