Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

"Into the Woods" Cast Reunites in Costa Mesa

The original cast and creatives unite with Stephen Sondheim, for one special event. Read »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Happy 90th, Anaheim Fall Festival!

Happy 90th, Anaheim Fall Festival!

Pumpkins replace oranges for the day, in spirit at least, in the OC. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Dark Sky, Death Valley: A Fall Star Gathering

Dark Sky, Death Valley: A Fall Star Gathering

Gaze deeply into the Milky Way from a silent national park. Read »

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Destination PSP: Palm Springs-Focused Shop Debuts

Destination PSP: Palm Springs-Focused Shop Debuts

Most of the merch is made in the region, and reflects that desert lifestyle. Read »

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Ventura's Got Spirit (and Many Ghost Tours)

Ventura's Got Spirit (and Many Ghost Tours)

The historic city has a wraith-seeking walk for just about every sort of phantom fan. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Historic Roots: Camarillo Celebrates

Historic Roots: Camarillo Celebrates

Camarillo Ranch throws a 150th birthday party in honor of its namesake. Read »

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Ojai + the Other Side: A Spirited October Evening

Ojai + the Other Side: A Spirited October Evening

Sip cocktails and maybe commune with the Great Beyond at a stylish adult evening. Read »

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Death Valley Time Machine: '49ers Encampment

Death Valley Time Machine: '49ers Encampment

Early gold-seekers are remembered near Furnace Creek. Read »

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Open Streets Santa Barbara

Open Streets Santa Barbara

The yoga-rollerskate-stroll to-dos keep on keepin' on around the state. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Pumpkins, Sunshine, and, Oh Yeah, Insects

Pumpkins, Sunshine, and, Oh Yeah, Insects

Calabasas and Pomona -- that's the one with the bugs -- are ready to roll. 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.