Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Citrus Classic Balloon Festival

Citrus Classic Balloon Festival

Some 25 hot-air balloons are set to rise, and glow, in Santa Paula. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bacon Gets Creative at the Queen Mary

Bacon Gets Creative at the Queen Mary

Want to see strips turned into edible art? Head for Long Beach. Read »

Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Olives Rule in Paso Robles

Olives Rule in Paso Robles

The wee fruits are the star of a daylong August confab. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 6:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bee There: Comic-Con International

Bee There: Comic-Con International

The solar system's biggest pop con phenom sets up shop in San Diego. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Watch the Perseids at Glacier Point

Watch the Perseids at Glacier Point

A spectacular showing is due in August, and Tenaya Lodge has a fun field trip lined up. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Elvis Fest: Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Elvis Fest: Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Dig out those huge sunglasses and make for Costa Mesa, Presley people. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Creative Accordions of Cotati

The Creative Accordions of Cotati

The Great Morgani and a slew of key-tickling favorites jam it out. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

State Park Sweetness: I Love You CA Bear

State Park Sweetness: I Love You CA Bear

A certain state-hugging ursine fellow is making cameos around the state. Read »

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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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 »

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.