Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Dozens of fee-charging destinations will waive admission in honor of Veterans Day. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The '49ers Death Valley Encampment

The '49ers Death Valley Encampment

The national park will be the scene for the annual historic gathering. Read »

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Death Valley Autumn

A Death Valley Autumn

Those dramatic shadows are growing longer; where will you explore? Read »

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 »

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.