Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Crew for a Day: Join the Historic Sierra No. 3

Crew for a Day: Join the Historic Sierra No. 3

Hop in the cab of a Gold Country favorite (and get to work). Read »

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Warm-Weather Alert: Bass Lake Resorts Open

Warm-Weather Alert: Bass Lake Resorts Open

Summer on the way: Resorts are cranking into action. Read »

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Small Town Charm: Murphys Irish Day

Small Town Charm: Murphys Irish Day

Enjoy St. Patrick's Day in an ultra-charming Gold Country burg. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California's Smallest City

California's Smallest City

Amador City has Gold Country cred and the wonderful Imperial Hotel. Read »

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Froggy Tradition Leaps Onwards, Upwards

A Froggy Tradition Leaps Onwards, Upwards

The small green amphibians of Calaveras County are ready to reach new heights. Read »

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Murphys: Queen of the Sierra

Murphys: Queen of the Sierra

A Gold Country town that's perfect on St. Patrick's and every day. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Riding a Vintage Train Through Gold Country

Riding a Vintage Train Through Gold Country

The Sierra No. 3 is set to start its season. Read »

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golf in Gold Country

Golf in Gold Country

Gold Country is known for wine tasting, jumping frogs, and some really excellent links. Read »

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

National Hotel's Haunted Halloween Dinner

National Hotel's Haunted Halloween Dinner

A Gold Country inn raises a toast to its resident ghosts. 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.