Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, May 16, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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By Becky Stickney

Angeles National Forest Reopens

Angeles National Forest Reopens

Just in time for a long weekend, 98,000 acres are open again. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 7:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kentucky Derby Party

Kentucky Derby Party

It's nearly pony time, and the Athletic Club is serving classic cocktails and Derby-style dishes. Read »

Saturday, Mar 5, 2011 at 7:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Room 59 Shines at Chateau Marmont

Room 59 Shines at Chateau Marmont

Condé Nast Traveler picks a fabled room as a favorite "Room with a View." Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sweet Rendezvous Time

Sweet Rendezvous Time

Sweetest part? "Signature morning cocktail." Read »

Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Viceroy's "Scent Tent"

The Viceroy's

Enjoy a Valentine's meal, and then frou-frou fragrance experience. Read »

Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 6:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

From Russia, With Love, at LAAC

From Russia, With Love, at LAAC

The Los Angeles Athletic Club celebrates chef Boris Chernyak, and the lovey holiday, too. Read »

Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Venice Beach Valentine

Venice Beach Valentine

Ocean waves, a funky vibe, and flowers with a local touch. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sleep Where the Golden Globes Reign

Sleep Where the Golden Globes Reign

Eye leisure packages at a certain "Golden" inn. Read »

Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Year's Eve at Casa del Mar

New Year's Eve at Casa del Mar

The close-to-the-beach hotel has a sumptuous supper on. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Welcoming 2011 at Shutters

Welcoming 2011 at Shutters

Swanky supper-club stylings and cinnamon ice cream, too. Happy new year indeed. 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.