Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 7:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bellagio Whimsy: Autumn Arrives in Sin City

Bellagio Whimsy: Autumn Arrives in Sin City

The talking tree and a gorgeous pony fill out the mum-marvelous garden decor. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Vegas: Delano Hotel Debuts

It's a "touch of South Beach on the Strip" next to Mandalay Bay. See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Posh Style: The Look of SLS Las Vegas

Posh Style: The Look of SLS Las Vegas

The new, 3-towered hotel, set for an Aug. 23 opening, was designed by Philippe Starck. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

104 Celebrities: Sin City's "Star Trek" Con

104 Celebrities: Sin City's

William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew are both due at huge Vegas beam-up. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vegas Sparkle: 60 Signs Debut at Neon Boneyard

The museum's north gallery is reserved for special events. See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 at 7:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vegas New: Hershey's Chocolate World

Vegas New: Hershey's Chocolate World

The chocolate icon opens a sweet spot on The Strip. Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Glittery Feasting: Vegas Uncork'd

Glittery Feasting: Vegas Uncork'd

Bon Appetit's demo-packed extravaganza returns, with flavor. Read »

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sin City Spiderman: Hero Seen on Venetian's Tower

Sin City Spiderman: Hero Seen on Venetian's Tower

Peter Parker makes a splashy Madame Tussauds Vegas-style cameo. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rockin' Rockabilly Summit: Viva Las Vegas

Rockin' Rockabilly Summit: Viva Las Vegas

Prepare for the beauty of Brylcreemed hair, hot rods, and slick tunes. Read »

Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sin City's Star Sips: UNLVino

Sin City's Star Sips: UNLVino

The mega Vegas wine event marks its 40th year. 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.