Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vroom and a Room: La Quinta Cool Car Package

Vroom and a Room: La Quinta Cool Car Package

Take to the desert resort's surrounding roads in a dream machine. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Holiday: La Quinta Easter

Historic Holiday: La Quinta Easter

An egg hunt on the flowery grounds is a springtime highlight at the desert favorite. Read »

Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A "Wonderful" La Quinta Stay: Chestnuts & Capra

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Take a sweet sojourn in the very hotel where a Christmas legend began. Read »

Thursday, Jul 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

La Quinta Special: The 5 P.M. Sunday Check-Out

La Quinta Special: The 5 P.M. Sunday Check-Out

La Quinta Resort & Club has a summer special going, so sleep in. Read »

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

La Quinta Gains an Unusual Sand Sculpture

La Quinta Gains an Unusual Sand Sculpture

The Sandguys of the Travel Channel's "Sand Masters" will build a big big-horned sheep out of sand. Read »

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 2:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Barbecue Masters Gather at La Quinta

Barbecue Masters Gather at La Quinta

he best grillers around'll gather to go tongs-to-tongs over one hot weekend. Read »

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

You, Dad, and 90 Holes of Golf

You, Dad, and 90 Holes of Golf

Does your pops like to swing the club? Make for La Quinta's famous courses and its many, many greens. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011 at 6:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Property Goes Hippity-Hoppity

Historic Property Goes Hippity-Hoppity

La Quinta Resort & Club is gearing up for a pool-side movie, brunchy doings, and hidden eggs galore. Read »

Monday, Jan 31, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Original Romance

The Original Romance

Poolside romance? That's pretty old-style Hollywood. Read »

Saturday, Dec 11, 2010 at 8:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Beer Dinner for Arrogant Bastards

Beer Dinner for Arrogant Bastards

Our eyes glazed at "Catsup Glaze." In a good way. And then, the meatloaf sealed 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.