Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 6:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Sideways" 10th Anniversary: Wine Country Celebrates

The Santa Ynez Valley looks back at the vino-loving film. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Pirates of Ventura Harbor

The Pirates of Ventura Harbor

Did we say "Harbor"? Make that "Aarghbor." Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Blues and Brews: A Mammoth Mountain Tradition

Blues and Brews: A Mammoth Mountain Tradition

Buddy Guy headlines the summertime soundfest. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

On Sale: October Flashlight Tours at the Winchester

On Sale: October Flashlight Tours at the Winchester

The San Jose manse is thinking about those eerie autumn nights. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 6:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pool in the Middle of the Mojave

Pool in the Middle of the Mojave

Artist Alfredo Barsuglia's "Swimming Pool" is drawing the curious and whimsy-loving. Read »

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Even Bigger: Halloween Grows at Disneyland

Even Bigger: Halloween Grows at Disneyland

More Mickey's Halloween Party is in the cards for autumn 2014. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Churros, you're the next wacky frontier on the culinary landscape. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Friends of Bodie Day

Friends of Bodie Day

Sweet on the state park? Don your cowboy hat and go ghost town. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 11:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hike to Yosemite's Geographic Center

Hike to Yosemite's Geographic Center

Ready to see views in all directions? This moderate trek awaits. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

La Jolla Wow: Undulating Anchovy School

La Jolla Wow: Undulating Anchovy School

Onlookers gathered at Scripps Pier to watch the wee fishes flow and contract. 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.