Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cold and Colossal Sculptures: Carve Tahoe

Cold and Colossal Sculptures: Carve Tahoe

Teams head for Northstar to whittle away at the white stuff. Read »

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Foliage Time: See Peak Color

Foliage Time: See Peak Color

The call to "Go Now!" -- and enjoy the hues of autumn -- is on. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tahoe Autumn: Salmon Spawns and Colorful Vistas

Tahoe Autumn: Salmon Spawns and Colorful Vistas

Headed up for a slice of autumnal Alpine-y goodness? Grab your camera. Read »

Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Kokanee Salmon of Lake Tahoe

The Kokanee Salmon of Lake Tahoe

Plan now to see one of the aquatic wonders of the autumn. Read »

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Zippy Way Around the Big Lake

A Zippy Way Around the Big Lake

Need to get from point A to point B at Lake Tahoe? Try a scenic option. Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Interested? Howard Hughes's Tahoe Getaway for Sale

Interested? Howard Hughes's Tahoe Getaway for Sale

The eccentric visionary's lake-close abode is on the selling block. Read »

Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 7:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Carve Tahoe's Whimsical Snow Art

Carve Tahoe's Whimsical Snow Art

Cold creations get the snowy spotlight at a lovely lake-close event. Read »

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lake Tahoe Autumn

Lake Tahoe Autumn

Reports are arriving that leaves are beginning to go gold. And red. And... Read »

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 12:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wanderlust 2012

Wanderlust 2012

It's a major yoga retreat, yes, but music, community, and mind-body classes round out the full schedule. 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.