Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 at 6:55 AM

Bennett Juniper: 4,000-Year-Old Wonder

Bennett Juniper: 4,000-Year-Old Wonder

The ancient specimen calls the Stanislaus National Forest home. Read »

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Nature-Close Cool: Redwood Mountain Faire

Nature-Close Cool: Redwood Mountain Faire

Make for the trees near Santa Cruz and this annual summer-starting jamboree. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Vegas Neon Museum: New Early Mornings

Vegas Neon Museum: New Early Mornings

The sparkly signs spot will have start-the-day tours for summertime. Read »

Monday, May 30, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Paso Robles: It's Olive Time

Paso Robles: It's Olive Time

The oil-tasty festival scooches up the calendar, from August to June. Read »

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 8:05 AM

San Diego Vintage: Balboa Park Electriquettes

San Diego Vintage: Balboa Park Electriquettes

Wicker on wheels? A 1915 favorite returns to the the historic spread. Read »

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Lompoc: Flower Fields Abloom

Lompoc: Flower Fields Abloom

It's nearly time for some petal-filled visions around the grow-strong region. Read »

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 9:42 AM

World Ocean Day in Monterey

World Ocean Day in Monterey

Crafts and tunes are part of the ecosystem-honoring aquarium weekend. Read »

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Mono County's Wildflower May

Mono County's Wildflower May

Longing to see a bit more of a bloom? Head to the Eastern Sierra. Read »

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Buena Park: A Year of Milestone Anniversaries

Buena Park: A Year of Milestone Anniversaries

The Ghost Town at Knott's Berry Farm, Medieval Times, and Pirate's Dinner Adventure all hit big birthdays. Read »

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 1:38 PM

The Epiphany: New Bubble Brunch

The Epiphany: New Bubble Brunch

Making for Palo Alto? Start your weekend day with a posh meal, and beverages, downtown. 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.