Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:28 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

3,000 Carnations: Palm Springs Flower Drop

3,000 Carnations: Palm Springs Flower Drop

A moving and singular Memorial Day tribute happens in the desert each year. Read »

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

High Altitude: Summer Tramway Deal

High Altitude: Summer Tramway Deal

The Palm Spring's Aerial Tramway deal offers fans a way to cool off in a jiffy. Read »

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Warm Gourmet: Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Warm Gourmet: Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Damp days have you looking to the desert? You can daydream. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Modernism Week: Tickets Still Available

Modernism Week: Tickets Still Available

Think the swankest soiree in the desert is full, full, full? That's a big nope. Read »

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Full Moon Valentine's: Palm Springs Tram

Full Moon Valentine's: Palm Springs Tram

The night'll be especially bright up the side of San Jacinto. Read »

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free To-Dos: Palm Springs Modernism Week

Free To-Dos: Palm Springs Modernism Week

Yep, lots of the events cost, but there are a few freebies to be had. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Birthday Party for The King (at His Pad)

A Birthday Party for The King (at His Pad)

Artists pay tribute -- and fans remember -- at the Honeymoon Hideaway. Read »

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Ticket: Modernism Week Bus Tours

Hot Ticket: Modernism Week Bus Tours

Want to lookie-loo at some of the desert's most dramatic homes? Hop on the double-decker. Read »

Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Desert Divine: Palm Springs Film Fest

Desert Divine: Palm Springs Film Fest

The first of the year's big cinema treats is out the door, fast. Read »

Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Modernism Week: Vintage Travel Trailers

Modernism Week: Vintage Travel Trailers

Dreamed of owning one yourself? Make for Palm Springs in February. 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.