Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
2 hours ago
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hello, September: It's Wine Month, California

Hello, September: It's Wine Month, California

Hikes, dinners, and beverage-fun bashes fill out the calendar. Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Look Up: Wings Over Camarillo

Look Up: Wings Over Camarillo

The good-sized air show draws 15,000 fans for two days of loops, feats, and thrilling fly-bys. Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fashion Up, Theme Parkers: Disneyland Dapper Day

Fashion Up, Theme Parkers: Disneyland Dapper Day

Swells in boaters, scarves, and stockings get gussy at biannual event. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Posh Style: The Look of SLS Las Vegas

Posh Style: The Look of SLS Las Vegas

The new, 3-towered hotel, set for an Aug. 23 opening, was designed by Philippe Starck. Read »

4 hours ago
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 98th, National Park Service

Happy 98th, National Park Service

The venerable system marks the occasion by waiving admission at dozens of parks. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 7:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Plummy Times at Old World Huntington Beach

Plummy Times at Old World Huntington Beach

Can't wait for Oktoberfest? There's a fruit-tastic fest first. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

250k+ Car Fans: Route 66 Cruisin' Reunion

250k+ Car Fans: Route 66 Cruisin' Reunion

Classic autos'll park for the huge (huge huge) Ontario celebration. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Leaf-Tracking Map: California Fall Foliage Blog

New Leaf-Tracking Map: California Fall Foliage Blog

Where will the Golden State's trees start to turn first? Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Book a vintage beauty and round out the summer with a little R&R. Read »

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mud Mania at Rancho Los Cerritos

Mud Mania at Rancho Los Cerritos

The historic abode gets messy, has fun while teaching about adobe. 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.