Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Easter Around the City by the Bay

Easter Around the City by the Bay

Posh hotel specials and lively go-outs; where will the Big Bunny lead you? Read »

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rockin' Rockabilly Summit: Viva Las Vegas

Rockin' Rockabilly Summit: Viva Las Vegas

Prepare for the beauty of Brylcreemed hair, hot rods, and slick tunes. Read »

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Beachy Breezes: California Wine Festival

Beachy Breezes: California Wine Festival

The two-stop sip scene lands in Dana Point at the end of April. Read »

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Cute: A Zoo Star in the Making

San Diego Cute: A Zoo Star in the Making

The orangutan baby's mom has been giving her "a gentle push" onto the ropes. Read »

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Seasonal Debuts: Yosemite Stables and Bikes

Seasonal Debuts: Yosemite Stables and Bikes

The openings provide more signs that finer weather is on the way, to stay. Read »

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 6:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wacky Roadsters: Kinetic Grand Championship

Wacky Roadsters: Kinetic Grand Championship

A Humboldt Bay favorite is gearin' up for gettin' weird. Read »

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cruise Ship First: An On-Land Wine Fest

Cruise Ship First: An On-Land Wine Fest

Celebrity Cruises helms the "industry's first land-based" wine bash. Read »

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Move Over, Hidden Mickeys: Disneyland Launches an Egg Search

Move Over, Hidden Mickeys: Disneyland Launches an Egg Search

A special map, a special event, and springtime searching? It's on, Mouseketeers. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mega Run: Badwater Goes Salton Sea

Mega Run: Badwater Goes Salton Sea

Runners'll traverse 81 miles of desert over two days. 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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