Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer + Golf + Death Valley = Heatstroke Open

Summer + Golf + Death Valley = Heatstroke Open

Careful how fast you grab that metal club; you're in Death Valley in the summertime. Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Desert's Heating Up (and That's Cool)

The Desert's Heating Up (and That's Cool)

Is it too late to go Death Valley? Nope; summer is a special season, too. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Signs of Death Valley's Springtime

Signs of Death Valley's Springtime

Wildflower watchers will soon turn their attention to the national park. Read »

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Mysterious Death Valley Racetrack

The Mysterious Death Valley Racetrack

Death Valley's strangest sight begs one question: How do those rocks move? Read »

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Art in Death Valley

Art in Death Valley

A cultural happening makes for the mysterious Amargosa Hotel. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 5:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Death Valley, Seen from the Saddle

Death Valley, Seen from the Saddle

Wintertime is a fine time to take a trot in the national park. Read »

Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Desert Destination Opens for the Season

A Desert Destination Opens for the Season

A famous Death Valley resort welcomes its winter guests. Read »

Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Death Valley Golf Package

Death Valley Golf Package

Swing below sea level and enjoy some epic vistas. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Autumn Ride in Death Valley

Autumn Ride in Death Valley

It's one of the perfect times of year in one of the world's lowest spots. Read »

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The World's Toughest Foot Race

The World's Toughest Foot Race

Could you run several miles through Death Valley in July? Read »

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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.
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