Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 7:40 AM

Ritz-Carlton LA: Spa Meets Rooftop Garden

Ritz-Carlton LA: Spa Meets Rooftop Garden

That basil and orange in your treatment? It was grown nearby. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Re-Opening April 1: The Wawona

Re-Opening April 1: The Wawona

The Mariposa Grove-close landmark says hello to warmer weather. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Hotel Irvine: Board Games and Beer Flights

Hotel Irvine: Board Games and Beer Flights

The recently updated property makes merry every Wednesday in March. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:49 PM

Chocolate Decadence and Pechanga Wine Festival

Chocolate Decadence and Pechanga Wine Festival

February isn't over, and there is still sweetness (and sipping) to be had. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:40 AM

On Sale: West Coast BBQ Classic Tickets

On Sale: West Coast BBQ Classic Tickets

Make for Long Beach in May for luscious, piquant meats. Read »

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:36 AM

Spectacular Sunnylands: Take a Tour

Spectacular Sunnylands: Take a Tour

The mid-'60s gem is there for you to see (plus, there's an exhibit on, too). Read »

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:10 AM

On Its Juicy Way: Tomatomania!

On Its Juicy Way: Tomatomania!

It must (nearly) be spring: The mega heirloom gathering is almost here. Read »

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 8:16 AM

Barrel-Tasting Sublime: Sonoma's Wine Road Celebrates

Barrel-Tasting Sublime: Sonoma's Wine Road Celebrates

The long-running hobnob covers two March weekends. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Quirky Free: San Diego Spring Busker Fest

Quirky Free: San Diego Spring Busker Fest

Jugglers, mimes, and outlandish pavement visionaries rule. Read »

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Whale Watch: Mendo Fetes the Big Mammals

Whale Watch: Mendo Fetes the Big Mammals

Mendocino, Little River, and Fort Bragg pay tribute to the gentle giants. 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.