Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Getaway: "Forever Marilyn" Package

Palm Springs Getaway:

The 26-foot-tall sculpture is still in the desert, and a local hotel wants you to see it. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Swingin' Holiday at the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

Swingin' Holiday at the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

Songs of the '60s -- hello, Elvis and Mr. Sinatra -- take on some Palm Springs flair. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Makes Prestigious List

Palm Springs Makes Prestigious List

The guidebook titan names Palm Springs one of the world's top 2014 destinations. Read »

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Holiday: Walking Tour of the Inns

Palm Springs Holiday: Walking Tour of the Inns

Merry lights, carolers, and sippable cheer are part of this desert night walk. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Charles Phoenix Hearts LA Architecture

Charles Phoenix Hearts LA Architecture

The funny history-loving smartie takes on our whimsical structures. Read »

Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 at 7:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tram, Boat, Train: Thanksgiving Dinner, on the Move

Tram, Boat, Train: Thanksgiving Dinner, on the Move

Chow down on yams, turkey, and stuffing, all with views and/or changing vistas. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Trick-or-Treating at The King's Casa

Trick-or-Treating at The King's Casa

Elvis Presley's desert Honeymoon Hideaway opens up for Halloween night. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tram Run: Sprinting Up a Mountain (Literally)

Tram Run: Sprinting Up a Mountain (Literally)

A run famous for extreme elevation change is set to hoof it up a portion of San Jacinto. 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.