Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disneyland Celebrates Christmas in July

Disneyland Celebrates Christmas in July

There are no Main Street decorations, but the park is cooking up holiday treats. Read »

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Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

From Disney to Cal Expo: Iconic California Sign Goes Up

From Disney to Cal Expo: Iconic California Sign Goes Up

The mondo letters front the Sacramento destination, just in time for the state fair. Read »

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spend 24 Straight Hours at Disneyland

Spend 24 Straight Hours at Disneyland

The Anaheim theme park will be open for a full 24 hours. Read »

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Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Disneyland Tour for Greenery Buffs

A Disneyland Tour for Greenery Buffs

Is your favorite part of Disneyland the landscaping? There's a tour for you. Read »

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Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Flowery Tribute to One Big Mickey

A Flowery Tribute to One Big Mickey

Floral Mickey is the first sight to greet visitors at Disneyland. 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 »

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Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Enchanted Tiki Room at 50

The Enchanted Tiki Room at 50

A summertime party flowers for a classic Disneyland attraction. Read »

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Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Mini Disney Con (Ahead of the Mega Disney Con)

A Mini Disney Con (Ahead of the Mega Disney Con)

Can't wait for the huge Mickey gathering in August? There's something sooner. Read »

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Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Salute to Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue

A Salute to Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue

Pay special tribute to the long-running Disneyland favorite. Read »

Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cars Land Gets the Disney Holiday Treatment

Sleep Beauty's Castle is sparkling, too, and the Haunted Mansion is still in its... See Full Gallery »

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.