Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Malibu Pet-A-Palooza

Malibu Pet-A-Palooza

Best Friends Animal Society and Malibu Country Mart are teaming on a sweet get-'em-adopted happening. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 9:25 PM

Oh, Hello Mountain Snow: There You Are

Oh, Hello Mountain Snow: There You Are

Stow those shorts, flakes fans; February is acting February-ish, finally. Read »

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 6:40 AM

Drink of the Desert: Date Shake

Drink of the Desert: Date Shake

Is this your first beverage heading into Palm Springs (and your last on the way out)? Read »

Monday, Feb 9, 2015 at 3:38 PM

SnowFest: North Lake Tahoe's Quirky Winter Fun

SnowFest: North Lake Tahoe's Quirky Winter Fun

Luaus, snow sculpting, and other high-altitude high jinks are set to go down near the big water. Read »

Monday, Feb 9, 2015 at 7:15 AM

Pre-Sale Passports: Temecula Valley's World of Wine

Pre-Sale Passports: Temecula Valley's World of Wine

The it's-almost-spring soiree is "the first regional tasting event of the year." Read »

Monday, Feb 9, 2015 at 7:17 AM

Valentine's Day Among Our National Treasures

Valentine's Day Among Our National Treasures

The Day of Hearts happens during the Weekend of Free Admission. Read »

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 at 6:59 AM

Joshua Tree: Your Long Weekend Tips

Joshua Tree: Your Long Weekend Tips

With more three-dayers down the road, where will you go to explore? Read »

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Blooming Soon: The Flower Fields

Blooming Soon: The Flower Fields

Ranunculus, so much ranunculus, everywhere you look. Read »

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Choo-Choo Like It's 1996: Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

Choo-Choo Like It's 1996: Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

The cutest train in all the land marks its 19th birthday. Read »

Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Puppy Love at Carmel's Cypress Inn

Puppy Love at Carmel's Cypress Inn

Can your tiny one do an impressive trick? You might get a room upgrade. 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.