Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

On Sale: Irvine Park Christmas Railroad Tickets

On Sale: Irvine Park Christmas Railroad Tickets

All aboard for an Orange County classic. Read »

Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

12-13-14: Vegas Weddings Make a Date

12-13-14: Vegas Weddings Make a Date

The rare sequence of numbers means nuptials packages around Sin City. Read »

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Looking to 2015: World Championship Abalone Cook-Off

Looking to 2015: World Championship Abalone Cook-Off

Cooks are already lining up for the tasty to-do. Read »

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Friday, Oct 31, 2014 at 8:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Recycled Holidays" in Morro Bay

Deals and unique finds: Make for the vintage-and-antique-laden burg. Read »

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Dana Point Adventure: Bioluminesence Night Cruise

Dana Point  Adventure: Bioluminesence Night Cruise

Keep an eye out for something much, much, much tinier than whales. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Winemakers, Fall Breezes, and El Capitan

Winemakers, Fall Breezes, and El Capitan

People who know their grapes gab it up at the Ahwahnee. Read »

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Monday, Nov 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ye Olde Yosemite Yuletide Good-Timery

Ye Olde Yosemite Yuletide Good-Timery

Make merry in one of the park's, and state's, grandest dining rooms. Read »

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 7:31 AM

El Capitan Canyon's Rustic Autumn

El Capitan Canyon's Rustic Autumn

S'mores and suppers near a fire fill out the Santa Barbara spot's cozy offerings. Read »

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Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

1930s Again: Evening on the Enchanted Hill

1930s Again: Evening on the Enchanted Hill

The after-hours tours have returned to Hearst Castle. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Yuma Yum: Medjools Rule Fall Food Bash

Yuma Yum: Medjools Rule Fall Food Bash

Make a date with dates -- lots of 'em -- and take a tour of a farm or two. 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.