Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 at 7:12 PM

Blooms of Beauty: Lotusland LotusFest

Blooms of Beauty: Lotusland LotusFest

Fawn over the Santa Barbara landmark's pinky-white blooms. Read »

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Christmas in July: Surprise Snow at Tioga Pass

Christmas in July: Surprise Snow at Tioga Pass

No, really; white stuff is falling in part of the Sierra Nevada. Read »

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Sandtastic Fundraiser: Switchfoot Bro-Am

Sandtastic Fundraiser: Switchfoot Bro-Am

Tunes, surfboards, good vibes, and excellent causes are at the catch-a-wave heart of this fundraiser. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 at 9:56 PM

Catalina Beach Parties: Descanso's Summer Scene

Catalina Beach Parties: Descanso's Summer Scene

Need some island sand? You can have it without hopping a plane. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Bacon & Barrels: Solvang Savory/Spicy

Bacon & Barrels: Solvang Savory/Spicy

Taste fine libations and bites at the Buttonwood Farm shindig. Read »

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 at 10:40 PM

Rare View: Sunrise Gondola Up Mammoth Mountain

Rare View: Sunrise Gondola Up Mammoth Mountain

Rise 'n shine, vista fans, for a dawn ride up the the big hill. Read »

Monday, Jul 6, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Sportsy Sweetness: Bowling for Gibbons

Sportsy Sweetness: Bowling for Gibbons

Lend a hand to the Saugus-based animal preserve. Read »

Monday, Jul 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Big Bear Old Miners' Days: Chili and More

Big Bear Old Miners' Days: Chili and More

Yeehaw: Good times await up the mountain. Read »

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 6:41 AM

On Sale: Winchester House Fall Flashlight Tours

On Sale: Winchester House Fall Flashlight Tours

The said-to-be-haunted abode takes on the spooky veil of nighttime. Read »

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Festival del Sole: Napa Valley Summer Soiree

Festival del Sole: Napa Valley Summer Soiree

A glorious run of concerts, feastings, and more art-filled doings await. 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.