Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura County Fair: The Top Treats

Ventura County Fair: The Top Treats

Going for a Pig in a Poke or an old-fashioned ice cream cone? Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rides, Treats, Hall and Oates: Ventura County Fair

Rides, Treats, Hall and Oates: Ventura County Fair

Sweet midway fun: It's the third of four big summer spectaculars. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura's Mega Paint Weekend

Ventura's Mega Paint Weekend

The salty air'd burg is setting up the canvases. Many, many canvases. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cars, Vintage Style, and Johnny Cash Love

Cars, Vintage Style, and Johnny Cash Love

Roadshow Revival turns its wheels toward Ventura. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gingerbread-Flavored Ventura

Gingerbread-Flavored Ventura

Area hotels are displaying whimsical baked creations. Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura's Kinetic Sculpture Race

Ventura's Kinetic Sculpture Race

Whimsical machines, full of humor and heart, roll for a fine cause. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura County Fair

Ventura County Fair

The ocean-iest of all our county fairs readies for its twelve-day run. Read »

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bald Eagle Fest

Bald Eagle Fest

Meet a real bald eagle in Ventura. Read »

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Paint Ventura

Paint Ventura

Line up those easels, artists, and put brush to canvas. Read »

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

All Hail the Queen of Rockabilly

All Hail the Queen of Rockabilly

Wanda Jackson will headline a summertime Ventura festival. Read »

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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.
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