Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gyro, Ouzo, Dance: Long Beach Greek Festival

Gyro, Ouzo, Dance: Long Beach Greek Festival

The "By the Sea" celebration turns 65 in 2014. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bob Hope: Queen Mary Remembers the Legend

Bob Hope: Queen Mary Remembers the Legend

An exhibit celebrating the "American Treasure" is in Long Beach through January. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bacon Gets Creative at the Queen Mary

Bacon Gets Creative at the Queen Mary

Want to see strips turned into edible art? Head for Long Beach. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

San Diego County Fair and the Queen Mary are about to get salty-sizzly. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden State Inns Make Wacky Top Ten

Golden State Inns Make Wacky Top Ten

The Featherbed Railroad and the Queen Mary make the Hotels.com cut. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Great brush-wielding chefs shall 'Q it up, in Long Beach. Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Barkworthy: SoCal Pet Expo

Barkworthy: SoCal Pet Expo

"Tons of exhibitors" are due for the LBC animal con. Read »

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 7:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary ScotsFestival: Games, Tartans, Whisky

Queen Mary ScotsFestival: Games, Tartans, Whisky

Cabers shall be thrown and dances shall be danced. Read »

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Steampunk Symposium Sails for the Queen Mary

Steampunk Symposium Sails for the Queen Mary

Invention-building and bustle-parading are on tap for the big ship. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Extended: CHILL Set to Not Melt Quite Yet

Extended: CHILL Set to Not Melt Quite Yet

Balmy days making you long for winter? The Queen Mary hears ya. 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.