Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Easter Arrives Early in Orange

Easter Arrives Early in Orange

The Big Bunny is set for his Irvine Regional Park debut. Read »

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 10:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Morro Bay's Exceptional April

Morro Bay's Exceptional April

A citywide yard sale, a kite festival, and 50th anniversary to-dos? You betcha. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Clubs: Golfing in Death Valley

Hot Clubs: Golfing in Death Valley

Ready for the Spring Fling, golfers? How about June's Heat Stroke? Read »

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Re-Debut: Ritz-Carlton at Rancho Mirage

Re-Debut: Ritz-Carlton at Rancho Mirage

An elegant desert getaway prepares for a splashy bow. Read »

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Chance: Explore a New Channel Islands Spot

Rare Chance: Explore a New Channel Islands Spot

Island Packers will make a run to a pretty and remote beach at the end of April. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Great brush-wielding chefs shall 'Q it up, in Long Beach. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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By Becky Stickney

Getting the Message in Laguna Beach

Getting the Message in Laguna Beach

Organizers want to create the most positive event in the history of Orange County. Read »

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina's Amazing Airborne Aquatic Stars

Catalina's Amazing Airborne Aquatic Stars

It's nearly that season, flying fish fans. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spring Snow: Sierra Awaits Flakes

Spring Snow: Sierra Awaits Flakes

Need to get a few more down-the-mountain runs in? Now is the time. Read »

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Reunited: San Diego Gorilla and Her Baby

Reunited: San Diego Gorilla and Her Baby

The female infant was reintroduced to her mother after surgery. Read »

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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.
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