Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Death Valley's Happening Nightlife Scene

Death Valley's Happening Nightlife Scene

The clubs are few -- well, non-existent -- but the spectacular show? So rich. Read »

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Death Valley's "Cold" Day in Summer

Death Valley's

The hottest place on the planet didn't hit 90 degrees on an August day. Really. Read »

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Chance: Organ Concert at Scotty's Castle

Rare Chance: Organ Concert at Scotty's Castle

Hear the famous home's instrument over three special shows. Read »

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spring Flowers: Death Valley's "Wild Surprise"

A bigger bloom than expected, given the dry winter, is popping in the desert. See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Clubs: Golfing in Death Valley

Hot Clubs: Golfing in Death Valley

Ready for the Spring Fling, golfers? How about June's Heat Stroke? Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Visiting Mars in California

Visiting Mars in California

Can't make it the Red Planet? You can visit Death Valley. Read »

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Desert Wildflowers Outlook

Desert Wildflowers Outlook

A dry winter can lead to fewer petals out in our arid regions. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Full Moon Festival: Death Valley By Dark

Full Moon Festival: Death Valley By Dark

The lunar-lovely spot looks up at our lunar satellite. Read »

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fee-Free Days Ahead at the National Parks

Fee-Free Days Ahead at the National Parks

The first of 2014 is just ahead. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California's Remotest Castle

California's Remotest Castle

Death Valley's Scotty's Castle is a national park gem. 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.