Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 9:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Apple Days Blossom in Oak Glen

Apple Days Blossom in Oak Glen

Fruit fans: Ready yourself for three months of u-pick, homespun to-dos, and cider donuts. Read »

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Death Valley's Happening Nightlife Scene

Death Valley's Happening Nightlife Scene

The clubs are few -- well, non-existent -- but the spectacular show? So rich. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gyro, Ouzo, Dance: Long Beach Greek Festival

Gyro, Ouzo, Dance: Long Beach Greek Festival

The "By the Sea" celebration turns 65 in 2014. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bacon, Brews, and San Diego

Bacon, Brews, and San Diego

It's a soiree with sizzle. Read »

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

One of the classic birds of autumn fiction gets its moment in the sun. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Herbie Hancock + Monterey Jazz + Legendary Music

Herbie Hancock + Monterey Jazz + Legendary Music

The last weekend of summer means cool sounds near the Bay. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 10th: The "Sideways" Celebrations Grow

Happy 10th: The

The parties are bubbling, like sparkling wine, around Santa Ynez Valley. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bob Hope: Queen Mary Remembers the Legend

Bob Hope: Queen Mary Remembers the Legend

An exhibit celebrating the "American Treasure" is in Long Beach through January. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sunset Soiree: Savor the Central Coast

Sunset Soiree: Savor the Central Coast

Adventure tours and special dinners festoon the foodie-famous to-do. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Last-Minute Labor Day: San Francisco Deal

Last-Minute Labor Day: San Francisco Deal

Land at a Joie de Vivre property and save 20%. 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.