Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

All Aboard the Ghost Trains

All Aboard the Ghost Trains

The Fillmore & Western's October rides are ready to spook the rails. Read »

Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Santa Trains Get Rolling

The Santa Trains Get Rolling

Rails with a seasonal bent are running through Orange and Fillmore. Read »

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pumpkinliner Takes to the Rails

Pumpkinliner Takes to the Rails

The Fillmore & Western's annual October train is set to chugga-chugga. Read »

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Railfest Calls All Aboard

Railfest Calls All Aboard

The Fillmore & Western's own Railfest is right around the corner, and engine enthusiasts'll be out and admiring. Read »

Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

In Search of the Headless Horseman

In Search of the Headless Horseman

The Fillmore & Western Railway debuts its second spooky train; the Pumpkinliner is already chug-chug-chugging. Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2011 at 7:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Trains, BBQ, and Dad's Day

Trains, BBQ, and Dad's Day

Board the Fillmore & Western for a toot-toot through Heritage Valley. Read »

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Easter Eggs and Big Trains

Easter Eggs and Big Trains

Several Southern California trains will be celebrating Easter with holiday-nice activities. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Look Who's Riding the Catalina Zip Line

Look Who's Riding the Catalina Zip Line

Santa is trying out the offbeat conveyances around SoCal. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Headless Horseman Train (with Lasers!)

Headless Horseman Train (with Lasers!)

A seasonal Fillmore run recalls Ichabod, with a touch of tech. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

North Pole Express Tickets Go on Sale

North Pole Express Tickets Go on Sale

You don't need to ho ho ho just yet, but you can make your ho ho ho-ing plans now. 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.