Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 9:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey County Adventure: ATVing in a Vineyard

Monterey County Adventure: ATVing in a Vineyard

The Hahn Estate offers a rather rugged way to tour the grapes. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Whiskery, Playful, Iconic: Where to See Sea Otters

Whiskery, Playful, Iconic: Where to See Sea Otters

The Monterey visitors bureau picks some favorite otter-watching locales. Read »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ocean-Close Eerie: Monterey Ghost Stories

Ocean-Close Eerie: Monterey Ghost Stories

The Portola Hotel & Spa has a spirited package afoot for fall. Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 56th, Monterey Jazz Festival

Happy 56th, Monterey Jazz Festival

Bobby McFerrin and Diana Krall will welcome autumn with sweet tunes. Read »

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Taking a Fast Raft on Monterey Bay

Taking a Fast Raft on Monterey Bay

It's a low-to-the-water ocean experience. What will you see from there? Read »

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Salt Masterpiece in Monterey

A Salt Masterpiece in Monterey

The Monterey Museum of Art is featuring an elegant and ephemeral artwork. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Otters Return to Monterey Bay Aquarium

The refurbishment of the popular animals' two-story exhibit is complete. See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Movie Tour

Monterey Movie Tour

See where "A Summer Place" and "Play Misty for Me" were filmed. Read »

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Jazz Festival Goes on the Road

Monterey Jazz Festival Goes on the Road

The celebrated music festival spends a day in Orange County. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Loggerhead in Monterey

A Loggerhead in Monterey

The aquarium gets a very special, very wee new resident. 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.