Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cars Landscapes

Cars Landscapes

Are those cliffsides real? Or are they in the middle of Anaheim? Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

D23 Expo Reveals Dates

D23 Expo Reveals Dates

The mega Disney convention announces its 2013 dates (that's right; 2013). Read »

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Disney Attractions Get an Official Date

New Disney Attractions Get an Official Date

Which will you visit first, Cars Land or Buena Vista Street? Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

On Approach: Cars Land

On Approach: Cars Land

The sneaks peeks are revving up. Zoom zoom. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Earl in Anaheim

The Earl in Anaheim

You've been wanting the Earl of Sandwich to head for the Golden State? You're in luck. Read »

Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ghiradelli in Anaheim

Ghiradelli in Anaheim

A Bay Area icon heads for Disney's California Adventure. Read »

Sunday, Aug 14, 2011 at 10:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Stars of D23

The Stars of D23

Dick Van Dyke, Dave Barry, and Don Hahn will all appear at the mega Disney convention. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Joy of Family Package

Joy of Family Package

If you've been meaning to see the Walt Disney Family Museum, now is the time. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disneyland Fourth of July

Disneyland Fourth of July

The park is throwing a four-day patriotic party starting on Friday, July 1. 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.