Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Leaf-Tracking Map: California Fall Foliage Blog

New Leaf-Tracking Map: California Fall Foliage Blog

Where will the Golden State's trees start to turn first? Read »

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Foliage Time: See Peak Color

Foliage Time: See Peak Color

The call to "Go Now!" -- and enjoy the hues of autumn -- is on. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Last Day of Summer: Snow Falls in the Sierra

Last Day of Summer: Snow Falls in the Sierra

Autumn gets off to a chilly start in Mammoth. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM
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By Melissa Pamer

Fall Colors and Free Gas in Big Bear

Fall Colors and Free Gas in Big Bear

If high gas prices are keeping you from heading into the mountains for some fall color, the Big Bear Resort Association has a deal for you. Read »

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lake Tahoe Autumn

Lake Tahoe Autumn

Reports are arriving that leaves are beginning to go gold. And red. And... Read »

Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 6:32 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Bear Autumn Deals

Big Bear Autumn Deals

The leaves'll be changing up the hill soon; want to score a stay-over discount? Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fall Foliage, California-Style

Fall Foliage, California-Style

Find where the Golden State goes golden. Read »

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

Autumn's Honorary Hotel Room

Autumn's Honorary Hotel Room

We went looking for the most autumnish room in all the land. Here's where it is. 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.