Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Jan 4, 2015 at 12:10 PM

New in 2015: Hike Death Valley Program

New in 2015: Hike Death Valley Program

Is one of your resolutions to move more? Here's your chance. Read »

Saturday, Jan 3, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Sactown Sizzle: Bacon Fest

Sactown Sizzle: Bacon Fest

Foodies make for the capital to chow down on the star strip. Read »

Monday, Jan 5, 2015 at 6:36 PM

Golden State Savings: California Restaurant Month

Golden State Savings: California Restaurant Month

Build a weekend getaway around a city and its great restaurants. Read »

Monday, Jan 5, 2015 at 12:21 PM

A National Park New Year's Resolution

A National Park New Year's Resolution

Want to be one with nature in 2015? State your intention. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Festive Flukes: Monterey Whalefest

Festive Flukes: Monterey Whalefest

Landlubber-nice activities dot the shore as whale fans eye the waves. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM

"Goonies" Grub: A 1985 Movie Menu, in Santa Barbara

BarbareƱo will serve a seven-courser inspired by pop culture favorites. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Superhero OC Fun: Noon Year's Eve

Superhero OC Fun: Noon Year's Eve

Discovery Science Center breaks out the streamers and fun during the daytime. Read »

Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

Stylish Cinema: Palm Springs International Film Festival

Stylish Cinema: Palm Springs International Film Festival

Here comes cinema's biggest season, via its first sunshine-y stop. Read »

Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Sweet Sea Lions: A Pier 39 Anniversary

Sweet Sea Lions: A Pier 39 Anniversary

It's a 25th birthday party weekend for San Francisco's barkiest icons. Read »

Friday, Dec 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Savory January: Temecula Valley Restaurant Month

Savory January: Temecula Valley Restaurant Month

Deals, delish events, and other to-dos dot the cuisine-nice calendar. 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.