Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and more cool people party, retro-style. Read »

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Zoo: Peek Inside the Animal Food Kitchen

Santa Barbara Zoo: Peek Inside the Animal Food Kitchen

How do the beasties' bites come together? A new area lets you see. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 7:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

50+ Libations: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest

50+ Libations: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest

Sample some of the deepest, smokiest beverages (and learn about the sips). Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Celebrate in Santa Ana: OC Pride

Celebrate in Santa Ana: OC Pride

A festival, a dance tent, and other merry-fun to-dos make for a celebratory Saturday. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Year to Go: Disney D23 Expo Tickets Go on Sale

A Year to Go: Disney D23 Expo Tickets Go on Sale

Want to start the 52-week countdown now, Mouseketeers? Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Butter's Melting: Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Butter's Melting: Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Autumn is clearly on the way 'round these SoCal parts. Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Budweiser Clydesdales Clip-Clop Into Costa Mesa

The Budweiser Clydesdales Clip-Clop Into Costa Mesa

The famous manes will welcome the return of the OC Market Place. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Feathers in Flight: A Condor Celebration

Feathers in Flight: A Condor Celebration

See a condor and a few raptors and help out the majestic, big-winged bird. Read »

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Death Valley's "Cold" Day in Summer

Death Valley's

The hottest place on the planet didn't hit 90 degrees on an August day. Really. Read »

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vino on the Mountain: Mammoth Wine Weekend

Vino on the Mountain: Mammoth Wine Weekend

A Village Wine Walk and a Tour of California Wine Dinner are two tasty highlights. 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.