Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coachella: The Hotel Shows

Coachella: The Hotel Shows

A few desert inns'll be turning up the tunes for concert goers. Read »

Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tachevah: The Middle of the Coachella Sandwich

Tachevah: The Middle of the Coachella Sandwich

Staying in the desert for both music weekends? Best go Tachevah. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Saguaro's Coachella Weekender

The Saguaro's Coachella Weekender

Looking to rock out in the desert? The newest, hue-est Palm Springs getaways has a few stay-over packages left. Read »

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coachella in Beverly Hills

Coachella in Beverly Hills

Heading for the desert? Think about swinging by La Cienega on your way out of town. Read »

Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 7:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day Birding Challenge

Earth Day Birding Challenge

Desert birders have 24 hours to find birds. Lots of different birds. Read »

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

Indio's Famous Tamale To-Do

Indio's Famous Tamale To-Do

The delicious December festival preps to steam. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Britt Peterson

A Classic's PGA "Classic"

A Classic's PGA

If not a place to celebrate the sport of golf, it's certainly a celeb hot spot--all in the name of Bob Hope. 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.