Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 7:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Re-Opening: The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness

Re-Opening: The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness

A Disneyland favorite is back on track(s). Read »

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disneyland Dapper Day on Video

Disneyland Dapper Day on Video

Didn't make the fashionable Disneyland weekend? Take a peek. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disney's "World of Color -- Winter Dreams" Debuts

Disney's

A chilly version of the water-sweet spectacle bows at Disney California Adventure. Read »

Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 4:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sleigh Bells and Roller Coasters: Disneyland Holidays

Sleigh Bells and Roller Coasters: Disneyland Holidays

Nearly two months of lights, trees, and castle-sweet sparkle are on approach. Read »

Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mysterious and Beautiful: George Newnam's Casa de las Calaveras

Mysterious and Beautiful: George Newnam's Casa de las Calaveras

The skeleton creations are set to show in Anaheim and downtown LA. Read »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disney Halloween: Eerie Anaheim Nights

Disney Halloween: Eerie Anaheim Nights

Mickey's Halloween Party and special decorations mark the bewitching season. Read »

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"A Nightmare Before Christmas" Meets the Hotel Room

A new Disney perk gives Jack Skellington fans a bit of fun back at the hotel. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Arrrr? Arrrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrrr? Arrrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day

Sure, you can talk like a pirate anywhere, but why not with other pretend pirates? 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 »

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disneyland Celebrates Christmas in July

Disneyland Celebrates Christmas in July

There are no Main Street decorations, but the park is cooking up holiday treats. 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.