Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 at 7:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Trees Are A-Turning: Mono County Fall

Trees Are A-Turning: Mono County Fall

Red and yellow leaves are fluttering near the 395. Need a free foliage map? Read »

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Detective Dogs: Bodie Spotlights Canine Forensics Team

Detective Dogs: Bodie Spotlights Canine Forensics Team

The pups have helped find centuries-old gravesites around the ghost town. Read »

Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego October: Free Admission for Kids at 30+ Museums

San Diego October: Free Admission for Kids at 30+ Museums

It's year four for the much-attended month-long promotion. Read »

Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Brine It Up: Eatery Offers 60+ Oyster Varieties

Brine It Up: Eatery Offers 60+ Oyster Varieties

Grab a wedge of lemon and squeeze, oysterians. Read »

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 9:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Apple Days Blossom in Oak Glen

Apple Days Blossom in Oak Glen

Fruit fans: Ready yourself for three months of u-pick, homespun to-dos, and cider donuts. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 12:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Death Valley's Happening Nightlife Scene

Death Valley's Happening Nightlife Scene

The clubs are few -- well, non-existent -- but the spectacular show? So rich. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gyro, Ouzo, Dance: Long Beach Greek Festival

Gyro, Ouzo, Dance: Long Beach Greek Festival

The "By the Sea" celebration turns 65 in 2014. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bacon, Brews, and San Diego

Bacon, Brews, and San Diego

It's a soiree with sizzle. Read »

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

One of the classic birds of autumn fiction gets its moment in the sun. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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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 »

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.