Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Remote and Away: Outer Channel Islands

Remote and Away: Outer Channel Islands

The final Island Packers boats of the year head out to the far islands. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wacky Machines: Ventura Kinetic Race

Human-powered machines take to the land -- and ocean -- as a fund-raiser for the... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kilts & Cabers: Ventura Seaside Highland Games

Kilts & Cabers: Ventura Seaside Highland Games

Impressive athletics and stirring bagpipes are two favorites of this annual gathering. Read »

Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Raise a Glass, Ventura: California Beer Festival

Raise a Glass, Ventura: California Beer Festival

Don't miss the final foamy stop on this mega tour's 2013 run. Read »

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Autumn's Mondo Traveling Craft Show

Autumn's Mondo Traveling Craft Show

The Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show gears up for a number of SoCal stops. Read »

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 »

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.