Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Weekend: Ride the Train, Save Dough

Santa Barbara Weekend: Ride the Train, Save Dough

Love the rails? Here's a discount you'll dig. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Amtrak at 40

Amtrak at 40

A special exhibit train will make stops in Sacramento, Oakland, Bakersfield, San Diego, and LA. Read »

Friday, Jul 22, 2011 at 10:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sweet on Surfliner

Sweet on Surfliner

It's a main way to get to and from Comic-Con. Here's what else you need to know about the LA-SD tracks. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 at 1:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fresh Eats on the Surfliner

Fresh Eats on the Surfliner

The ocean-close train has a new menu. Read »

Monday, Oct 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Viewliner Virtual Tour

New Viewliner Virtual Tour

Thinking of going sleeping car on your next Amtrak ride? Here's a sneak peek. 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.