Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 25 Years, Napa Valley Wine Train

Happy 25 Years, Napa Valley Wine Train

The iconic toot-tooter honors its big Silver Anniversary with some vino-riffic contests. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Harvest Fest: Mega Craft Fair Hits the Road

Harvest Fest: Mega Craft Fair Hits the Road

Ornaments, artworks, baked goods, more: Fall gets huge in Ventura (and beyond). Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 12:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sup Around the Valley: Taste of Conejo

Sup Around the Valley: Taste of Conejo

"Over 100 local participants" are due at the food-fancy to-do to help the dining at the food-fancy to-do. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Bellows are king at the OC Marketplace in Costa Mesa. Read »

Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Prospector Rates Return to Furnace Creek

Prospector Rates Return to Furnace Creek

It's a Death Valley deal at two of the national park's famous properties. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Vegas: Delano Hotel Debuts

It's a "touch of South Beach on the Strip" next to Mandalay Bay. See Full Gallery »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Wharf Walks: The Story of Squid

Monterey Wharf Walks: The Story of Squid

Amble out on a story-packed stroll, one that considers the town's seafaring history. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 6:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Harvest, Humor, and Julian Wine: Grape Stomp

Harvest, Humor, and Julian Wine: Grape Stomp

Roll up those pants legs and limber up those toes, oenophiles. Read »

Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Red Carpet on the Island: Catalina Film Festival

Red Carpet on the Island: Catalina Film Festival

William H. Macy and Andy Garcia are on tap for the sand-close cinema party. Read »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 7:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dana Point Majesty: The Toshiba Tall Ships

Dana Point Majesty: The Toshiba Tall Ships

An impressive confab of colossal vessels hove into the harbor. 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.