Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hallo-wine Party at the Spine-Chilling Del

Hallo-wine Party at the Spine-Chilling Del

Fine vino and frightful visions rule the hotel's Crown Room. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Escondido Fundraiser: World Rhino Day

Escondido Fundraiser: World Rhino Day

A raffle and auction and rhino-sweet facts reign at a San Diego Zoo Safari Park to-do. Read »

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 9:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sip LBC: Long Beach's First Beer & Spirits Week

Sip LBC: Long Beach's First Beer & Spirits Week

Let generously sized Happy Hours and interesting food-bev pairings reign. Read »

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vroom and a Room: La Quinta Cool Car Package

Vroom and a Room: La Quinta Cool Car Package

Take to the desert resort's surrounding roads in a dream machine. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bellagio Whimsy: Autumn Arrives in Sin City

Bellagio Whimsy: Autumn Arrives in Sin City

The talking tree and a gorgeous pony fill out the mum-marvelous garden decor. Read »

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Joshua Tree Music Fest: Vibes Among the Boulders

Joshua Tree Music Fest: Vibes Among the Boulders

Journey to the desert for a Positive Vibration Station and connection of a most musical sort. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

150 Years: Historic Hot Springs Reach a Milestone

150 Years: Historic Hot Springs Reach a Milestone

Mono County's Benton Hot Springs keep a-bubblin' into the future. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Opening: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Opening: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

An OC classic is all about pint-sized to-dos and lots of pumpkin choosing. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island's Swashbuckling Weekend

Catalina Island's Swashbuckling Weekend

Play dress-up pirate at Two Harbors. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Los Alamos Giddy-Up: Old Days Celebration

Los Alamos Giddy-Up: Old Days Celebration

A wine country town connects with its rootin', tootin' past. 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.