Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

June Lake: Fall Foliage and Fancy Foams

June Lake: Fall Foliage and Fancy Foams

The trees are going to town while local beermakers pour their best. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Kinetic Whimsy Machines Roll in Ventura

Kinetic Whimsy Machines Roll in Ventura

Imaginatively built cars lend support for the Turning Point Foundation. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Outlandish Golf Carts Delight Palm Desert

Outlandish Golf Carts Delight Palm Desert

The fall roll summons the car-crafty creativity of area residents. Read »

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Tanaka Farms

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Tanaka Farms

Growers'll go gourd-to-gourd for glory, in Irvine. Read »

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hearse Time in Costa Mesa

Hearse Time in Costa Mesa

An Orange County tradition gets colorful, wacky, and oh-so-seasonal. Read »

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Harbor Eats: Seafood Bounty

Santa Barbara Harbor Eats: Seafood Bounty

Sunshine glinting on water and you enjoying shrimp after shrimp? Could happen. Read »

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 »

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.