Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Delish Discount: Garlic Fest Gourmet Alley

Delish Discount: Garlic Fest Gourmet Alley

Plan on snacking out during the July food party? Score your saver ticket now. Read »

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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Got a Garlic Recipe? Get It Into the Big Fest

Got a Garlic Recipe? Get It Into the Big Fest

Gilroy readies for its spicy sizzle, and the cook-offs are on. Read »

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Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Stuff: Garlic & Salsa Fests

Hot Stuff: Garlic & Salsa Fests

The Garlic Festival gets hot in Gilroy while salsa reigns in Oxnard. Read »

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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tickets on Sale: Gilroy Garlic Festival

Tickets on Sale: Gilroy Garlic Festival

You + the end of July + dozens of fiery cloves? It can be done. Read »

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Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Garlic Tickets Now on Sale

Garlic Tickets Now on Sale

Heat lovers? Your day has arrived. Read »

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Friday, Jul 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Meet Us at the Deep-Fried Garlic Booth

Meet Us at the Deep-Fried Garlic Booth

It's year 33 for one of the most famous fests in the West. 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.