Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Monday, Apr 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vegas Trip: What's New at ARIA

The Las Vegas Strip-center resort welcomes fresh dining experiences and more. See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Bellagio Welcomes the Year of the Snake

The Bellagio Welcomes the Year of the Snake

The Vegas hotel's conservatory has a marvelous serpent centerpiece. Read »

Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Sin City Neon-Retro Wedding

A Sin City Neon-Retro Wedding

Looking to do a Valentine's Vegas Wedding? Here's a brightly lit twist. Read »

Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 at 9:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Very Vegas Christmas

The hotels and boulevard have hung the bows and candy canes. How does the... See Full Gallery »

Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Eli Roth's Goretorium

Eli Roth's Goretorium

A new year-round Vegas horror attraction has a major name at the helm. Read »

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 7:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dress Rat Pack at a Vintage Vegas Bash

Dress Rat Pack at a Vintage Vegas Bash

The new Neon Museum in Las Vegas opens with a '60s-era to-do. Read »

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sin City's Whimsical Wine Country

Sin City's Whimsical Wine Country

Are they planting vines on The Strip? Well. Sort of? 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.