Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Later Weekend Hours: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Later Weekend Hours: Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Cannery Row favorite'll keep it going longer, for summer. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New at El Capitan Canyon: Corral Cabins

New at El Capitan Canyon: Corral Cabins

The creekside nests join the Santa Barbara property's yurts and tents. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pre-Bastille Day Bash: Santa Barbara French Fest

Pre-Bastille Day Bash: Santa Barbara French Fest

Poodles, can-can dances, and Parisian treats abound at Oak Park. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sequoia National Park's First-Ever Dark Sky Fest

Sequoia National Park's First-Ever Dark Sky Fest

The park gathers Milky Way buffs and big tree fans for a sparkly starry night. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountain Classic: Santa's Village to Re-Open in SkyPark

Mountain Classic: Santa's Village to Re-Open in SkyPark

The Skyforest favorite is getting some TLC. Read »

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Yosemite Grant's 150th Birthday Party

Yosemite Grant's 150th Birthday Party

The proclamation that started the national park receives a tribute. Read »

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Woof: Dog Beach Surf Dog Lessons

Woof: Dog Beach Surf Dog Lessons

Is this the year your wagger takes to the waves? Read »

Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Disney Tour: California Adventure

New Disney Tour: California Adventure

Head around the park for three hours of info, history, and fun. Read »

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 6:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rancho Cucamonga Eeks: The Haunted Winery

Rancho Cucamonga Eeks: The Haunted Winery

Tag along with the Haunted Orange County tours crew and look for boo-ing among the bottles. Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy Pride Weekend, San Francisco

Happy Pride Weekend, San Francisco

Dances, meet-ups, speeches, and that big parade are all ahead. 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.