Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Book a vintage beauty and round out the summer with a little R&R. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Heritage Tour: Ye Olde Ghost Town Road Trip

Heritage Tour: Ye Olde Ghost Town Road Trip

Spend the middle of September visiting Bodie, Aurora, and Masonic. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zip by Night: A Catalina Island Adventure

Zip by Night: A Catalina Island Adventure

Get a different view of the hilly burg as evening falls (and you zoom). Read »

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Bear's Old Miners Days

Big Bear's Old Miners Days

They're partying for several days up the mountain. One highlight? Outhouse races. Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Art Party at Mount Wilson

Art Party at Mount Wilson

Astronomical setting and art-filled fun? It's happening up the hill over one celebratory weekend. Read »

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden Gate Bridge Tours

Golden Gate Bridge Tours

Have you crossed the famous span on wheels? Isn't it time you got out of the car? Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vintage Orange Food Tour

Vintage Orange Food Tour

How's your Mother's Day planning coming along? Let us give you a nudge. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kern County Wildflower Hotline

Kern County Wildflower Hotline

If you've been hankering for a nature-nice getaway, check in first before making the trek. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

66th Riverside County Fair

66th Riverside County Fair

California's wintertime county fair prepares to get the midway glowing. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 7:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lovely, Lunar Lassen

Lovely, Lunar Lassen

A favorite peak and its "Mars-scape" feel get a major shout-out. 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.