Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Making for Monterey or the Central Coast? Discover spots with a starry past. Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mushroom Mania, Monterey-Style

Mushroom Mania, Monterey-Style

Beverages, spa treatments, and foraging excursions? It's fall all right. Read »

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

55th Monterey Jazz Festival

55th Monterey Jazz Festival

One of the planet's great music confabs'll once again welcome fall. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Car Week

Monterey Car Week

Several headlining events draw vintage-loving auto aficionados to the area. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hello, Giant Pacific Octopus

Hello, Giant Pacific Octopus

He's 16 feet long, and he's in Monterey. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Aquariums have never been able to keep Crown Jellies, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium found a way. Read »

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Brews of Monterey

The Brews of Monterey

Want to do a pub crawl? Here are some top taverns around the city. 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.