Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Los Alamos Giddy-Up: Old Days Celebration

Los Alamos Giddy-Up: Old Days Celebration

A wine country town connects with its rootin', tootin' past. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lookie-Loo Weekend: Ojai Studio Artists Tour

Lookie-Loo Weekend: Ojai Studio Artists Tour

Picture strolling 50+ studios and chatting with the people who create within. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 12:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountain Fest Asks: How Big Is That Pine Cone?

Mountain Fest Asks: How Big Is That Pine Cone?

Blue Jay is looking for the long, long, looong cones at its fall fling. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dances, Beer, Pastries: Solvang's Danish Days

Dances, Beer, Pastries: Solvang's Danish Days

It's that joyful, treat-packed weekend, windmill mavens, so don your clogs. Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tart Times: Goleta Lemon Festival

Tart Times: Goleta Lemon Festival

The sunshiny fruit gets a weekend-long juice-it-up. Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free: LA's Largest Outdoor Yoga Gathering at Terranea

Free: LA's Largest Outdoor Yoga Gathering at Terranea

Downward dog alongside hundreds of others at the ocean-close resort. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snowy Mammoth Deal Starts Early

Snowy Mammoth Deal Starts Early

Has the extreme heat got you dreaming of flakes? Make it real, snow bunny. Read »

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 8:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

180+ Restaurants: San Diego Restaurant Week

180+ Restaurants: San Diego Restaurant Week

You love the beer, the bacon, and the Sriracha. How about the city's wider restaurant scene? Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

On the Search: Fullerton Phantoms

On the Search: Fullerton Phantoms

Are you an eeker? Or a seeker of the strange? Hop on a tour and find out. Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Julian's Juicy: Apple Days Festival

Julian's Juicy: Apple Days Festival

Ready to pie it up, fruit fans? 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.