Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Llamas of El Capitan Canyon

The Llamas of El Capitan Canyon

An animal-sweet dose of springtime, found close to a rustic beach. Read »

Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Romantic, Rustic, and Very El Capitan Canyon

Romantic, Rustic, and Very El Capitan Canyon

A cozy clutch of cabins near the coast offers some sweet Valentine's fun. Read »

Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

El Capitan's New Adventure Yurts

El Capitan's New Adventure Yurts

Stress? Bah. Hurry and worry? Ha! Sleeping, not far from the beach, in a wee yurt? Sign us up. Read »

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 6:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Leg-Abouts, Lazy Days, and Llama Love

Leg-Abouts, Lazy Days, and Llama Love

Spring nights and sweet, big-eared residents are part of an El Capitan deal. Read »

Sunday, Jan 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fireside Dinner Package Extended

Fireside Dinner Package Extended

El Capitan Canyon is keeping the s'mores sweetness going a little longer. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cowboys of the Sea Music Festival

Cowboys of the Sea Music Festival

Over a dozen acts will pull out the guitars at a glorious, ocean-close setting. 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.