Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Presidents Day: Rushmore Goes Yorba Linda

Presidents Day: Rushmore Goes Yorba Linda

Meet a few of our great Commanders-in-Chiefs at the Nixon Library. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 2:22 PM

Spring Prognosticator: Meet Mojave Maxine

Spring Prognosticator: Meet Mojave Maxine

All eyes are on the burrow of The Living Desert tortoise. Read »

Monday, Feb 9, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Taste of Solvang: The Whole Shebang Ticket

Taste of Solvang: The Whole Shebang Ticket

Can't stand the thought of not trying everything at the March food gathering? This is for you. Read »

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 at 1:54 PM

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Valentine's Getaway

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Valentine's Getaway

Riverside's Mission Inn & Spa has hosted numerous U.S. Presidents. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Birding Trip to Anacapa Island

Birding Trip to Anacapa Island

Go in search of Blue-footed Boobies and American Oystercatchers, with Island Packers. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Modernism Week for Newbies

Modernism Week for Newbies

The out-sized Palm Springs to-do doesn't have to overwhelm. Read »

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 at 6:58 AM

Tours Open at Friend's Ranches

Tours Open at Friend's Ranches

Mid-winter is the start of citrus time in the Golden State. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 9:24 PM

Sunny Supping: Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert

Sunny Supping: Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert

Cat Cora, Gale Gand, and a host of famed foodies will be at the spring celebration. Read »

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Fox Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Fox Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Get to know more about the Channel Island cuties. 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.