Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 at 8:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Corn Maze Time: Big Horse on the Horizon

Corn Maze Time: Big Horse on the Horizon

Ready to face the corn box, autumn revelers? Read »

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cabers in the Air: Ventura Seaside Games

Cabers in the Air: Ventura Seaside Games

Athletes'll don the kilts and bagpipers'll blow, by the Pacific. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

JazzTrax: Catalina Island's Smooth Jazz October

JazzTrax: Catalina Island's Smooth Jazz October

Saxes'll sound all across Avalon. Read »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Guess It: First Snow at the Palm Springs Tram

Guess It: First Snow at the Palm Springs Tram

Ready to think about the fluffy stuff? It's not long off 'round Mount San Jacinto... Read »

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Whaley House's Creaky-Stair October

The Whaley House's Creaky-Stair October

Ghosty doings are afoot -- or afloat -- at one of the planet's most haunted abodes. Read »

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wine Country Charmers: Scarecrows of the SYV

Wine Country Charmers: Scarecrows of the SYV

Shopkeepers compete in the annual, oh-so-quaint autumn tradition. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 8:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Anaheim Fresh: The Packing House

Anaheim Fresh: The Packing House

Eaters are flocking to the historic citrus space to socialize, sip, and nosh. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ah, Cooling: First Snow in the Sierra

Ah, Cooling: First Snow in the Sierra

So it'll be a hundred degrees down south? The mountains have a dusting. Read »

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Cool: The Funk Zone's Funky New Hostel

Santa Barbara Cool: The Funk Zone's Funky New Hostel

The Wayfarer has oodles of style (without the pricetag to match). Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Kids Free October: Amtrak Deal

San Diego Kids Free October: Amtrak Deal

Loads (and loads and loads) of museums'll be free for tots; so how 'bout the ride down? 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.