Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pacific Picnic: World's Biggest Salmon BBQ

Pacific Picnic: World's Biggest Salmon BBQ

Head for South Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg to get your fish fill. Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Skunk Train Fun: Camping on the Noyo

Skunk Train Fun: Camping on the Noyo

Board the Skunk Train and make for a former logging camp. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountaintop Learning: Explore Mammoth

Mountaintop Learning: Explore Mammoth

Get to know the history and geology of the big mountain. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

History Happy: Julian's Joyful Fourth of July

History Happy: Julian's Joyful Fourth of July

Parades don't come more old-fashioned or full of the red, white, and blue. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island Beach Parties

Catalina Island Beach Parties

Savor sun and sand on an out-in-the-ocean burg. Read »

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Lovely: Summertime Is Sawdust Time

Laguna Lovely: Summertime Is Sawdust Time

Laguna Beach's painting- and jewelry- and craft-packed event is up next. Read »

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Charles Phoenix's Moonlight Rollerway Jubilee

Charles Phoenix's Moonlight Rollerway Jubilee

Dream-wheelers: Prepare for a skating show, an organist, and the Hokey-Pokey. Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Moonlight in the Mausoleum

Moonlight in the Mausoleum

Atlas Obscura makes for the Mountain View Mausoleum of Altadena. Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Good Wave Times: International Surfing Day

Good Wave Times: International Surfing Day

Where will you get salty-of-hair and happy-of-spirit? Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Ready for this year's outlandish batch of edibles? 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.