Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Surf & Sand Packages

New Surf & Sand Packages

Hello, Laguna Beach. Hello, stretching near the water. Hello, sticky s'mores. Read »

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hang Ten Surf Package

Hang Ten Surf Package

Is this finally the year you check this item off the bucket list? Hotel Solamar makes it easy. Read »

Friday, Mar 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Sweet Ojai Deal

A Sweet Ojai Deal

The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa celebrates its city's famous fruit with a sweet deal. Read »

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golf in Gold Country

Golf in Gold Country

Gold Country is known for wine tasting, jumping frogs, and some really excellent links. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Palm Springs Getaway

New Palm Springs Getaway

A splashy new hotel is set to make its desert debut. Read »

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel del: Free Nights and Fresh Rooms

Hotel del: Free Nights and Fresh Rooms

The queen of Coronado has a set of refreshed Victorian rooms and a nice deal afoot. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your Valentine's Castle

Your Valentine's Castle

The Mission Inn has a bevy of February 14th-ish packages. Roses? Cupcakes? Yes, you got it. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Grist Mill Getaway

Grist Mill Getaway

There's an impressive grist mill reproduction in San Luis Obispo, and you can stay in it. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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By Becky Stickney

Experience the Finer Things

Experience the Finer Things

With some planning, a staycation or weekend getaway can be like living the life of luxury. Read »

Sunday, Jan 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sunny Sequoias, Warm Wuksachi

Sunny Sequoias, Warm Wuksachi

The famous big trees'll be free for the viewing over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. 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.