Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Five Small Town Fourths

Five Small Town Fourths

Solvang, Julian, and other California towns throw old-fashioned parties. Read »

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mammoth Foodie Weekend: No Skis, Just Savory Supping

Mammoth Foodie Weekend: No Skis, Just Savory Supping

Spend Fourth of July weekend with some tasty eats up the mountain. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disneyland Fourth of July

Disneyland Fourth of July

The park is throwing a four-day patriotic party starting on Friday, July 1. 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.