Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Desert Beasties by Night: Park After Dark

Desert Beasties by Night: Park After Dark

Owls, wolves, and other animals get the Living Desert after-dusk spotlight. Read »

Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Cool: Find Those Hot Weather Deals

Palm Springs Cool: Find Those Hot Weather Deals

Hotels welcome summer with sweet, SPF friendly deals. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dining Discounts in the Desert

Dining Discounts in the Desert

Restaurant Week gets sizzling around the desert resorts. Read »

Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Soaking and Stargazing at Two Bunch Palms

Soaking and Stargazing at Two Bunch Palms

Stare at the night sky from one of the prettest, most relaxing spots in the desert. Read »

Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

It started a half century ago; now this annual roll is known for its... See Full Gallery »

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 8:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Chefs Make for Palm Desert To-Do

Chefs Make for Palm Desert To-Do

Food & Wine Festival returns to Palm Desert; people who know their stoves will speak and cook. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 4:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival

Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival

Chefs aplenty will demo at this CIA-assisting foodie party. Read »

Friday, Mar 4, 2011 at 6:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Desert Golf and Travel Show

Desert Golf and Travel Show

You, and some 20,000 golfing buddies, talking shop. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 at 8:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

WildLights in Palm Desert

WildLights in Palm Desert

The desert goes all aglow for the holidays. Plus: s'mores. Read »

Monday, Dec 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Desert Holidays Deal

Desert Holidays Deal

Rooms starting at under $100 at the Miramonte? Merry stuff. 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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