Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santas, Penguins, and Neon: Las Vegas Holiday

Santas, Penguins, and Neon: Las Vegas Holiday

The thousands-strong Santa Run is just the start of Sin City's big season. Read »

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sin City Santas: Thousands of Kringles Ready to Run

Sin City Santas: Thousands of Kringles Ready to Run

Things are bigger in Vegas, and this costume-y confab is no exception. Read »

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Avengers Take Sin City

The Avengers Take Sin City

A "fully immersive Marvel 4D theater" debuts at Madame Tussauds. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 9:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your 11/12/13 Wedding at the Vegas Neon Museum

Your 11/12/13 Wedding at the Vegas Neon Museum

Get hitched in the sign-packed, sun-filled spot. But: Spots are limited. Read »

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Here Comes 11/12/13: Best Book That Vegas Wedding

Here Comes 11/12/13: Best Book That Vegas Wedding

Psst. Want to get married at the Mob Museum? Read »

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vegas Eats: Chef Classes and Beer Pairings

Vegas Eats: Chef Classes and Beer Pairings

You're going to Sin City to sup, you say? You can make your supper, too. Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Grown-Up Field Trip: Las Vegas Neon

Grown-Up Field Trip: Las Vegas Neon

Hop a bus from LA and see all the shiny, shiny lights of the Strip. Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 6:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vegas Con: 1000+ People in "Star Trek" Costumes

Vegas Con: 1000+ People in

The big "Star Trek" convention looks to take back its title. Read »

Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fun Without Sun in Sin City

Fun Without Sun in Sin City

Temps can top three digits but there are places to keep it cool. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Drive a Muscle Car in Vegas

Drive a Muscle Car in Vegas

Vroom-vroom at the wheel of a sleek machine. 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.