Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Sweet Treat Inside the Haunted Mansion

A Sweet Treat Inside the Haunted Mansion

A Disneyland attraction shows how a seasonal centerpiece came together. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disneyland Halloween Starts Early

Disneyland Halloween Starts Early

Autumn arrives ahead of schedule in Anaheim; what treats does the park have in store? Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disneyland's New Pirate Experience

Disneyland's New Pirate Experience

Make for New Orleands Square and get made up, swashbuckler-style. Read »

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 »

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Club 33 Reopens Its Membership

Club 33 Reopens Its Membership

Disneyland's most exclusive dining spot announced it will welcome a few new members. 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 »

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Disneyland's All-Night Leap Year Bash

Disneyland's All-Night Leap Year Bash

If you've ever wanted to see It's a Small World in the small hours, here's your chance. 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 »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Disneyland Holidays Open with Pomp and Honor

The Disneyland Holidays Open with Pomp and Honor

Gunnery Sgt. and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Derrick Poteat flipped the switch on the theme park's famous lights. 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.