Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golfing in a Balmy 110 Degrees

Golfing in a Balmy 110 Degrees

Swing down the green in Death Valley in June? Okay. Read »

Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 at 8:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pedaling Death Valley

Pedaling Death Valley

Flowers may be popping up, soon; ready to take a spin and see what you see? Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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By Becky Stickney

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley

Where in Death Valley you can find men of mystery and underground tunnels. Read »

Friday, Nov 4, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Birdies Below Sea Level

Birdies Below Sea Level

The Inn at Furnace Creek recently reopened for the season, meaning duffers can take to one very famous green. Read »

Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 7:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Furnace Creek Inn Reopening Special

Furnace Creek Inn Reopening Special

The Death Valley landmark prepares to open for its 84th year. Read »

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Death Valley Explorer

The Death Valley Explorer

Furnace Creek Resort's new package sends visitors out into Death Valley by Jeep. Read »

Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

What's Beneath Scotty's Castle

What's Beneath Scotty's Castle

If you're headed for Death Valley this summer, you can chill out underground. Read »

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 4:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Inaugural Heatstroke Open

Inaugural Heatstroke Open

Play golf in Death Valley just days after summer's official start. Read »

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Latest on the Death Valley Blooms

The Latest on the Death Valley Blooms

Flowers are popping up near Furnace Creek. 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.