Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Nights in Palm Springs

Free Nights in Palm Springs

If you're a heat lover, there's a sweet summer deal afoot. Read »

Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Lavender Getaway

Ojai Lavender Getaway

Love lavender? 'Tis the season in a certain sweet-smelling town. Read »

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Grand Del Mar's Day at the Races Deal

The Grand Del Mar's Day at the Races Deal

The swank resort has a sweet deal for pony fans. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ace Palm Springs Summer Deal

Ace Palm Springs Summer Deal

A pool, the sun, and a cool room for a hundred bucks. Anyone up for a road trip? Read »

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 6:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden Gate Suite

Golden Gate Suite

Bridge buffs, your perfect hotel room has arrived. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Blue Octopus Family Suite

The Blue Octopus Family Suite

A hotel room designed just for kids? It's at the Hotel del Coronado. Read »

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

La Costa Memorial Day Deal

La Costa Memorial Day Deal

Dream of being poolside for the long weekend? Best plan now. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Saguaro's Coachella Weekender

The Saguaro's Coachella Weekender

Looking to rock out in the desert? The newest, hue-est Palm Springs getaways has a few stay-over packages left. Read »

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Winsome Wawona

The Winsome Wawona

The sequoia-close Yosemite hotel is now open for the summer season. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Surf & Sand Packages

New Surf & Sand Packages

Hello, Laguna Beach. Hello, stretching near the water. Hello, sticky s'mores. Read »

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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.
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