Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Billionaire's Beach Staycation: Malibu Beach Inn

Billionaire's Beach Staycation: Malibu Beach Inn

Need some beautiful beach communing? You can get it, no airplane required. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 at 7:18 PM

Surf Lesson Time (for Your Dog)

Surf Lesson Time (for Your Dog)

Woofers + waves are the right equation in Del Mar. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Corn Dog Alert: California State Fair on Approach

Corn Dog Alert: California State Fair on Approach

Fried foods, midway rides, and cuddly creatures reign, at Cal Expo. Read »

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 at 2:27 PM

The Foamy Bevs of Ventura County

The Foamy Bevs of Ventura County

Plan a beer crawl and up your regional brewery knowledge. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Sweet Saturday: Train Ride to Bennett's Honey Farm

Sweet Saturday: Train Ride to Bennett's Honey Farm

Take a flavorful excursion into Fillmore. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Las Vegas Ocean: Bellagio Sea Garden

Las Vegas Ocean: Bellagio Sea Garden

The posh hotel presents a cooling-for-the-eyes summer treat (for free). Read »

Friday, Jun 5, 2015 at 2:40 PM

OC Gumshoes: Sherlock Holmes Exhibition

OC Gumshoes: Sherlock Holmes Exhibition

Magnifying glasses in hand, detectives; a large-scale clue-laden happening is afoot. Read »

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 10:17 PM

Suds and Superheroes: Brew Bash in San Diego

Suds and Superheroes: Brew Bash in San Diego

Want to wear your tights and cape beyond Comic-Con? Here's a nice opportunity. Read »

Thursday, Jun 4, 2015 at 10:50 AM

On a Roll: Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby

On a Roll: Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby

Fleet, not-too-big vehicles head for the (down) hills. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Sunset Magazine's New Digs: Jack London Square

Sunset Magazine's New Digs: Jack London Square

Goodbye, Menlo Park, hellooooo, Oakland and Cornerstone in Sonoma! 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.