Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wuksachi in Winter

Wuksachi in Winter

Sweet on the sequoias in the snow? The park's big lodge has a special on. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Valley Inn's Serenity Season

Ojai Valley Inn's Serenity Season

Bliss out (instead of stress out) in Ojai. Read »

Sunday, Dec 4, 2011 at 9:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Swim in the New Year

Swim in the New Year

Borrego Springs Resort throws a New Year's Eve party. We'll be doing laps in the morning. Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Is your shopping done? Want to skip the early-morning lines? Grab a boat and head west. Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pie + Family + Booze

Pie + Family + Booze

The Hotel Palomar offers a holiday-sweet deal. Read »

Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 at 6:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

20 Days, Your Way

20 Days, Your Way

You could win 20 free nights -- yep, 20 -- at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel Triton's Ticket to Ride

Hotel Triton's Ticket to Ride

Stay close to Union Square and nab two MUNI tickets in the bargain. Read »

Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 7:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Furnace Creek Inn Reopening Special

Furnace Creek Inn Reopening Special

The Death Valley landmark prepares to open for its 84th year. Read »

Monday, Sep 5, 2011 at 6:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mammoth's Leaf Peeper Deals

Mammoth's Leaf Peeper Deals

Hot to see some mountain-y foliage? There are ways (and ways to save money, too). Read »

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel del's Girlfriend Getaway

Hotel del's Girlfriend Getaway

A dining credit, a pair of massages, and two nights at the ocean-close landmark are part of the deal. 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.