Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

State Park Sweetness: I Love You CA Bear

State Park Sweetness: I Love You CA Bear

A certain state-hugging ursine fellow is making cameos around the state. Read »

Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tie the Knot in a California State Park

Tie the Knot in a California State Park

Lend some love to one of our state treasures, and to your new spouse, too. Read »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Open: State Parks Near the National Parks

Open: State Parks Near the National Parks

The California State Parks has provided a helpful list for those changing up vacation plans. Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day Volunteers Needed in State Parks

Earth Day Volunteers Needed in State Parks

Lend a hand on one of several California State Parks Foundation projects. Read »

Friday, Jan 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

CalParks Trails App Debuts

CalParks Trails App Debuts

A free app helps trail fans find that perfect state park stroll. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Parks Roadtrip Postcard

California Parks Roadtrip Postcard

Cali Parks adventurer Christopher Grant Ward checks in from the road. Read »

Thursday, Aug 26, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The 2010 California State Parks Roadtrip

The 2010 California State Parks Roadtrip

Singer Christopher Grant Ward is off to visit 65+ Golden State treasures. Jealous. 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.