Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

AI in the IE: Robots of Riverside

AI in the IE: Robots of Riverside

It's called "the biggest robot event in Southern California." Prepare, robotians. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ending Forever: Mariposa Big Tree Tram Tour

Ending Forever: Mariposa Big Tree Tram Tour

A major restoration of the Yosemite sequoia grove is due. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pismo Sparkle: BUBBLYFEST by the Sea

Pismo Sparkle: BUBBLYFEST by the Sea

Billed as the "nation's only sparkling wine festival," the October party promises ocean views, fine wines. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Warhol Cocktails: The Campbell's Soup Bloody Mary

Warhol Cocktails: The Campbell's Soup Bloody Mary

The San Diego Museum of Art raises a toast to its new "Gauguin to Warhol" exhibit. Read »

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 8:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Furry Cute-a-tude: San Diego Cheetah Sisters

Furry Cute-a-tude: San Diego Cheetah Sisters

The Safari Park cubs will soon mark their first month. 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.