Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Announced: Mega Summertime Death Valley Run

Announced: Mega Summertime Death Valley Run

"The World's Toughest Footrace" heads from the hot national park to Mt. Whitney on its traditional course. Read »

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Dixieland Thanksgiving: San Diego Jazz Fest

Dixieland Thanksgiving: San Diego Jazz Fest

Happy 35th year to one of the country's brassiest bashes. Read »

Monday, Dec 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Palms and Pirouettes: The Del's Skating by the Sea

Palms and Pirouettes: The Del's Skating by the Sea

The turret-pretty hotel's seasonal rink debuted on Thanksgiving. Read »

Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Santa Barbara Baby: A Giraffe Is Born

Santa Barbara Baby: A Giraffe Is Born

Baby Buttercup weighed in at 186 pounds. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Lively Libations: Ventura Winter Wine Walk

Lively Libations: Ventura Winter Wine Walk

Stroll over three blocks and experience a host of grape-good tastes. Read »

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Solvang's Cozy Christmas Lead-Up

Solvang's Cozy Christmas Lead-Up

"The Spirit of Giving" is the theme for the 2014 Julefest. Read »

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Newport Dunes Tradition: Lighting of the Bay

Newport Dunes Tradition: Lighting of the Bay

Glittery "trees" will reflect water, starting on Saturday, Nov. 29. Read »

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 3:44 PM

New Holiday Hotline: Napa Valley's Domaine Carneros

New Holiday Hotline: Napa Valley's Domaine Carneros

Have a bubbly query? Ring the sparkling wine hotline. Read »

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Giant Anteater Born in Santa Barbara

Giant Anteater Born in Santa Barbara

The male pup will go on view later in November. Read »

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Major Masa: Oxnard and Indio Tamale Festivals

Major Masa: Oxnard and Indio Tamale Festivals

Do you like them with squash, raisins, or neat? Chow down, tamale lovers. 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.