Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sweet Strawberry Fest

Sweet Strawberry Fest

It's one of California's biggest berry bashes. Save us a slice of pie, 'k? Wait, two slices? With whipped cream? And a tart. And some shortcake... Read »

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Strawberry Time in Garden Grove

Strawberry Time in Garden Grove

It's a food-filled, Memorial Day Weekend carnival. There's a lot of history, too. Read »

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter
      

Video: We Heart Strawberries

How fast can you eat a pie, sans fork, anyway? Read »

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival

Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival

Here come the springtime fruit carnivals. 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.