Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge

The Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge

Ready to bring your best green? Or red? Get chopping/mixing, salsa-ists. Read »

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Berry Bevy: California Strawberry Festival

Berry Bevy: California Strawberry Festival

How much pie can you eat in a very intense and short period of time? Read »

Friday, Dec 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Channel Islands Whale Watching Opens

Channel Islands Whale Watching Opens

The day after Christmas marks the big blowhole-y kick-off. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Merry Stroll: Ventura Winter Wine Walk

Merry Stroll: Ventura Winter Wine Walk

A Holiday Street Fair and a chance to taste some fab local vino? Yes indeedy. Read »

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oxnard Run: Santa to the Sea

Oxnard Run: Santa to the Sea

Do you run? Did you grow up loving the Carp Claus? Read on... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Stuff: Garlic & Salsa Fests

Hot Stuff: Garlic & Salsa Fests

The Garlic Festival gets hot in Gilroy while salsa reigns in Oxnard. Read »

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

60,000 Spicy Samples: Oxnard Salsa Festival

60,000 Spicy Samples: Oxnard Salsa Festival

Tunes and tasty dishes star at this longtime local favorite. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Strawberry Fest Turns 30

California Strawberry Fest Turns 30

The strawberry is the star in Oxnard at its annual May festival. Read »

Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oxnard's Whale-Watching to Start

Oxnard's Whale-Watching to Start

Did you just spy a big tail beyond that wave? Read »

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Dancing and spicy dishes are what this long-running fiesta is all about. 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.