Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Juicy Jaunt: Ojai Orchard Tours

Juicy Jaunt: Ojai Orchard Tours

What makes a Pixie pop upon a branch? Find out at Friend's Ranches. Read »

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 8:12 PM

Cinema Santa Barbara: Film Fest on Approach

Cinema Santa Barbara: Film Fest on Approach

It's the 31st year of this mondo movie happening. Read »

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Rainy Days at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Rainy Days at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Sip a Dark & Stormy at the historic inn while weathering the weather. Read »

Monday, Jan 18, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Woofers in Wine Country: Greyhound Fest

Woofers in Wine Country: Greyhound Fest

The jubilant meet-and-woof has frolicked for a dozen years. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Offbeat Valentine's Eve: Make Art

Offbeat Valentine's Eve: Make Art

Van Gogh's work is the inspiration in Pomona. (There's wine and eats, too.) Read »

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016 at 6:45 AM

California's Funky Mardi Gras

California's Funky Mardi Gras

Dance and catch beads in Nevada City over Valentine's Weekend. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Sheeply Sweet: Queen Mary ScotsFestival

Sheeply Sweet: Queen Mary ScotsFestival

Can you hear the bagpipes? Follow them to Long Beach. Read »

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 at 7:44 AM

Vegas Splendor: Chinese New Year

Vegas Splendor: Chinese New Year

A Strip-close dragon is lending a festive feel to The Forum Shops. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM

June Lake Fun: Double Eagle Resort and Spa

June Lake Fun: Double Eagle Resort and Spa

Snow's on Carson Peak -- and in a lot of other places, too. Read »

Saturday, Jan 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Paso Robles Marks Hotel Month

Paso Robles Marks Hotel Month

Doing some Central-Coast-ing in January? Find deals and more on your stayover. 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.