Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Trip Back to Vintage Anaheim

A Trip Back to Vintage Anaheim

History-mad entertainer Charles Phoenix returns to the Disneyland of yore. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Llamas of El Capitan Canyon

The Llamas of El Capitan Canyon

An animal-sweet dose of springtime, found close to a rustic beach. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Campground Openings: Yosemite Getaway

Campground Openings: Yosemite Getaway

Ready to sleep under the stars and giant trees? Read »

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Spring Flowers: Death Valley's "Wild Surprise"

Reports out of Death Valley are good, flower watchers: There's a bloom, despite the dry winter.

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cultural Treats Aplenty: Indian Wells Arts Festival

Cultural Treats Aplenty: Indian Wells Arts Festival

Over 200 contemporary artists display their pieces at this desert favorite. Read »

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

April Is Pixie Month in Ojai

April Is Pixie Month in Ojai

A bright and tart fruit has a starring role throughout the month. Read »

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 8:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Water Wonders: Tentacles Exhibit in Monterey

Water Wonders: Tentacles Exhibit in Monterey

Octopuses, Squid, and Cuttlefishes get their moment in a mondo new show. Read »

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Posh Wheels: La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Posh Wheels: La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

The finest fenders'll park for a weekend-long party at The Cove. 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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