Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

San Diego County Fair and the Queen Mary are about to get salty-sizzly. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Art-Flower Mash-Up

San Diego Art-Flower Mash-Up

Bouquet designers pay homage to great paintings and sculptures. Read »

Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Cool: Behind-the-Scenes Octopuses

Monterey Cool: Behind-the-Scenes Octopuses

All over cuttlefishes? Enter a contest to see how an exhibit comes together Read »

Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sin City's Star Sips: UNLVino

Sin City's Star Sips: UNLVino

The mega Vegas wine event marks its 40th year. Read »

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Shadow of the Moon Star Party

Shadow of the Moon Star Party

A full eclipse of our lunar neighbor is due, and Borrego Springs is looking up. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden State Inns Make Wacky Top Ten

Golden State Inns Make Wacky Top Ten

The Featherbed Railroad and the Queen Mary make the Hotels.com cut. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Harbors High Jinks: Shipwreck Weekend

Two Harbors High Jinks: Shipwreck Weekend

Make for the other end of Catalina Island for a spirited party. Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Skiing on Memorial Day: It's Happening

Skiing on Memorial Day: It's Happening

Shorts and snow boards? Mammoth plans to make it so. Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fab Photo Contest: The Flower Fields

Fab Photo Contest: The Flower Fields

Crazy for the colorful Carlsbad destination? Show your bud love. 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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