Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:25 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 »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:27 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 »

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Outside Lands: The 2014 Line-Up

Outside Lands: The 2014 Line-Up

The early August songfest hums and sings in Golden Gate Park. Read »

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spring Flowers: Death Valley's "Wild Surprise"

A bigger bloom than expected, given the dry winter, is popping in the desert. See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 5:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Join a Giant Small World Sing-a-Long

Join a Giant Small World Sing-a-Long

Fans'll warble the famous tune in honor of the ride's 50th. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer Specials at Pebble Beach

Summer Specials at Pebble Beach

Can't make the big food and wine shindig? More pleasures await. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Landmark Gets Beachier

San Diego Landmark Gets Beachier

Chaise lounges and fringed umbrellas will debut in time for summer. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Holiday: La Quinta Easter

Historic Holiday: La Quinta Easter

An egg hunt on the flowery grounds is a springtime highlight at the desert favorite. 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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