Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Win a Stay in Marilyn's Suite

Win a Stay in Marilyn's Suite

You've got a chance to stay in the Culver Hotel's Marilyn Monroe Suite, for nada. Read »

Monday, Aug 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel Becomes Gallery

Hotel Becomes Gallery

A fashion photo exhibit is soon to debut at the Sofitel. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Get a Hotel Room, Ride in a New Jag

Get a Hotel Room, Ride in a New Jag

Not just any Jaguar, but a 2011 Jaguar XJ. And not just any room, but a room at Shutters or Casa del Mar. Read »

Monday, Aug 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

O Hotel + Caña = Rum Yummy

O Hotel + Caña = Rum Yummy

Book a night at the O, join the Caña Rum Bar. Done. Read »

Friday, Aug 13, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"The Princess Bride" Poolside

It's the "Dive-In Movie" at the Renaissance Hollywood. Read »

Monday, Aug 16, 2010 at 8:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"The Wizard of Oz" Hotels

The yellow brick road turns 71 on Thursday, Aug. 12. Here's where we'd celebrate. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bingo Madness, Standard-Style

Bingo Madness, Standard-Style

B 12. B 12. B 12. Anyone? You, in the pool? B 12? Read »

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 2:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Corn. So. Much. Corn.

Corn. So. Much. Corn.

The kernel's the thing at this annual La Habra lark. 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.