Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ocean Breezes and Midway Rides: Ventura County Fair

Ocean Breezes and Midway Rides: Ventura County Fair

The Pacific-close charmer sets up the Ferris wheel, fried food booths. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Pirates of Ventura Harbor

The Pirates of Ventura Harbor

Did we say "Harbor"? Make that "Aarghbor." Read »

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New: Evening Harbor Cruises with Island Packers

New: Evening Harbor Cruises with Island Packers

The company known for its Channel Islands runs sticks closer to shore. Read »

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Mysteries of Cueva Valdez

The Mysteries of Cueva Valdez

Two special Island Packers trips'll head out to a Santa Cruz Island cove. Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Los Lobos Join Johnny Cash Tribute

Los Lobos Join Johnny Cash Tribute

The Southern California icons turn it up at the Roadshow Revival. Read »

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Chance: Explore a New Channel Islands Spot

Rare Chance: Explore a New Channel Islands Spot

Island Packers will make a run to a pretty and remote beach at the end of April. Read »

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 7:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Roadshow Revival: Cars, Tunes, and Johnny Cash Love

Roadshow Revival: Cars, Tunes, and Johnny Cash Love

A Father's Day Saturday tradition turns up the music and revs the motors. 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, Dec 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Orcas Frolic Near Ventura

Orcas Frolic Near Ventura

The large pod was spied in the Santa Barbara Channel. Read »

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Schooners, yachts, and rafts are ready to sparkle, sail. 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.