Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Apr 27, 2015 at 9:05 PM

Green Globes of Goodness: Castroville Artichoke Festival

Green Globes of Goodness: Castroville Artichoke Festival

Live tunes, kid to-dos, and many dippable delights await. Read »

Monday, Apr 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Boeing + Discovery Cube Bottle Rocket Launch

Boeing + Discovery Cube Bottle Rocket Launch

A day of science, laughs, and zooming fly-highers is ahead, in Huntington Beach. Read »

Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 8:39 AM

Cool Summer Pass: Palm Springs Tram Deal Returns

Cool Summer Pass: Palm Springs Tram Deal Returns

Enjoy a drop of several degrees in temperature on those toastiest July days. Read »

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 7:50 AM

Rich Flavors: San Diego's Bacon & Barrels

Rich Flavors: San Diego's Bacon & Barrels

The San-Diego-to-Solvang meat-and-sips confab is on the horizon. Read »

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Animal X-Rays: Santa Barbara Exhibit Debuts

Animal X-Rays: Santa Barbara Exhibit Debuts

Eye 28 radiographs at the Santa Barbara Zoo's Discovery Pavilion. Read »

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 4:47 PM

Sunday Sup: Taste of Huntington Beach

Sunday Sup: Taste of Huntington Beach

Help The Children's Library of Huntington Beach and find some new food go-tos. Read »

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Oxnard Appetites: Hamburger and Hops Festival

Oxnard Appetites: Hamburger and Hops Festival

Dig the California Beer Festival? The same people are backing this chow-down bash. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 10:41 PM

Huntington Fun: Rubber Ducks Dropped Off the Pier

Huntington Fun: Rubber Ducks Dropped Off the Pier

Will your lil' guy make it back to shore first? Only the tides will tell. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Free S.T.E.A.M.: Imaginology Family Festival

Free S.T.E.A.M.: Imaginology Family Festival

Thinking, dreaming, and big ideas flourish, in Costa Mesa. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 9:04 AM

New: Queen Mary Unveils Fresh Shops

New: Queen Mary Unveils Fresh Shops

The Promenade Deck receives "a revitalized collection of boutiques." 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.