Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Joshua Tree Music Fest: Vibes Among the Boulders

Joshua Tree Music Fest: Vibes Among the Boulders

Journey to the desert for a Positive Vibration Station and connection of a most musical sort. Read »

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 98th, National Park Service

Happy 98th, National Park Service

The venerable system marks the occasion by waiving admission at dozens of parks. Read »

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sounds and Boulders: Joshua Tree Music Festival

Sounds and Boulders: Joshua Tree Music Festival

The Revivalists and a bevy of bands make for the desert. Read »

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Desert Wildflowers Outlook

Desert Wildflowers Outlook

A dry winter can lead to fewer petals out in our arid regions. Read »

Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Very Joshua Tree January

A Very Joshua Tree January

Peaceful times, good hikes, and crisp days await winter adventurers. Read »

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Joshua Trees in Bloom

Joshua Trees in Bloom

The desert pops with subtle colors come April. Read »

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 8:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Days During National Park Week

Free Days During National Park Week

Admission will be waived at dozens of parks across the country. Read »

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 1:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 75th, Joshua Tree National Park

Happy 75th, Joshua Tree National Park

One of California's biggest, rockiest, most wonder-filled treasures hits a milestone. 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.