Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Julian's Juicy: Apple Days Festival

Julian's Juicy: Apple Days Festival

Ready to pie it up, fruit fans? Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 6:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Harvest, Humor, and Julian Wine: Grape Stomp

Harvest, Humor, and Julian Wine: Grape Stomp

Roll up those pants legs and limber up those toes, oenophiles. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Julian Starfest: Tour Palomar Observatory

Julian Starfest: Tour Palomar Observatory

The annual gathering of cosmos enthusiasts makes for the fabled sky-watching center. 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 »

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pans, Picks, Legends: Julian Gold Rush Days

Pans, Picks, Legends: Julian Gold Rush Days

The Old West town's fortune-seeking past is present. Read »

Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

High Elevation Yum: Taste of Julian

High Elevation Yum: Taste of Julian

Want to know the quaint town's eats beyond apple pie? Head on up. Read »

Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wine, Wolves, Water: Daytripping Around Julian

Wine, Wolves, Water: Daytripping Around Julian

Headed up the mountain for a piece of pie? Check out to-dos beyond the fest. Read »

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Grape-Stomping Around SoCal

Grape-Stomping Around SoCal

Want to give your hand -- or feet -- a try at an age-old rite of autumn? You can. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Julian's Grape Stomp Festa

Julian's Grape Stomp Festa

Make for Menghini Winery (then unlace those shoes). Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Stars Over Julian

The Stars Over Julian

Starwatchers will gather over one August weekend. The plan? Looking up. 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.