Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

More Cowbell: AMGEN Goes Santa Ynez

More Cowbell: AMGEN Goes Santa Ynez

Fans'll ring the bells as the world's top cyclists zoom past. Read »

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Get Your AMGEN On

Get Your AMGEN On

The mega bike event is hitting San Francisco and LA, but lots of fans'll avoid the throngs out around California. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Paso 'N Pedals

Paso 'N Pedals

The cyclists of the Amgen tour will roll in, followed by the wine barrels. Read »

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

2011 Amgen Tour of California

2011 Amgen Tour of California

The multi-stage, state-huge bicycle race gears up to push off. Read »

Friday, Apr 1, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

AMGEN 2011 VIP Packages

AMGEN 2011 VIP Packages

You might ride in an official race vehicle. Now that's inside. 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.