Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Magical Road Trip: Disney Fanniversary Celebration

Magical Road Trip: Disney Fanniversary Celebration

The traveling event puts the spotlight on classic favorites galore. Read »

Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Disney Tour: California Adventure

New Disney Tour: California Adventure

Head around the park for three hours of info, history, and fun. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 5:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Join a Giant Small World Sing-a-Long

Join a Giant Small World Sing-a-Long

Fans'll warble the famous tune in honor of the ride's 50th. Read »

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 50th, it's a Small World

The song-famous Disney attraction reaches its half-century marker. See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 7:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Announced: D23 Disney Fan Expo

Announced: D23 Disney Fan Expo

The mega convention dances back into Anaheim in 2015. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

An "Incredible" Costume Contest in Anaheim

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Dress up for D23 and maybe snag a trophy featuring Edna Mode. Read »

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 9:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Opening: Disneyland's Fantasy Faire

What's that storybook village next to Sleeping Beauty's Castle? Why it is the new... See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 7:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

One Huge Disney Convention

One Huge Disney Convention

Disney fans, prepare to nab those all-important tickets way in advance of opening day. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disney Recreates a Famous Movie Palace

Disney Recreates a Famous Movie Palace

If you know Los Angeles history you likely remember the Carthay Circle. Now Disney California Adventure has revived the historic movie palace. Read »

Saturday, Jun 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cal Expo Acquires California (Sign)

Cal Expo Acquires California (Sign)

The much-photographed Disney California Adventure sign moves north. 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.