Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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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 »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:54 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 »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 12:04 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 »

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coronado Oompah: The Sunniest Oktoberfest Around

Coronado Oompah: The Sunniest Oktoberfest Around

The Del's deck'll serve up brews, schnitzel, fall festiveness. Read »

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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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 »

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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 »

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.