Worth the Drive
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Dana Point Adventure: Bioluminesence Night Cruise

Dana Point  Adventure: Bioluminesence Night Cruise

Keep an eye out for something much, much, much tinier than whales. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Winemakers, Fall Breezes, and El Capitan

Winemakers, Fall Breezes, and El Capitan

People who know their grapes gab it up at the Ahwahnee. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ye Olde Yosemite Yuletide Good-Timery

Ye Olde Yosemite Yuletide Good-Timery

Make merry in one of the park's, and state's, grandest dining rooms. Read »

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 7:31 AM

El Capitan Canyon's Rustic Autumn

El Capitan Canyon's Rustic Autumn

S'mores and suppers near a fire fill out the Santa Barbara spot's cozy offerings. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

1930s Again: Evening on the Enchanted Hill

1930s Again: Evening on the Enchanted Hill

The after-hours tours have returned to Hearst Castle. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Yuma Yum: Medjools Rule Fall Food Bash

Yuma Yum: Medjools Rule Fall Food Bash

Make a date with dates -- lots of 'em -- and take a tour of a farm or two. Read »

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 3:20 PM

"Into the Woods" Cast Reunites in Costa Mesa

The original cast and creatives unite with Stephen Sondheim, for one special event. Read »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Happy 90th, Anaheim Fall Festival!

Happy 90th, Anaheim Fall Festival!

Pumpkins replace oranges for the day, in spirit at least, in the OC. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Dark Sky, Death Valley: A Fall Star Gathering

Dark Sky, Death Valley: A Fall Star Gathering

Gaze deeply into the Milky Way from a silent national park. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Destination PSP: Palm Springs-Focused Shop Debuts

Destination PSP: Palm Springs-Focused Shop Debuts

Most of the merch is made in the region, and reflects that desert lifestyle. 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.