Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Takes a New Year's Eve "Voyage"

Queen Mary Takes a New Year's Eve

The permanently docked ship will recall past ports of call with a global bash. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Offbeat Holiday Finds: Patchwork Show

Offbeat Holiday Finds: Patchwork Show

Dallying still? The season's on its way; best head to LBC and find gifts now. Read »

Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

2,000,000+ Pounds of Ice, One Famous Ship

2,000,000+ Pounds of Ice, One Famous Ship

An ice-sculptured wonderland forms at a Long Beach landmark. Read »

Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary's Hot Labor Day Weekend: Deco, Reggae, Chili

Queen Mary's Hot Labor Day Weekend: Deco, Reggae, Chili

The big boat has three major to-dos over the holiday weekend. Ready? Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Ready to waterski to Catalina Island? And back? Read »

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mmm, Savory: West Coast BBQ Classic

Mmm, Savory: West Coast BBQ Classic

Smoky, succulent meats are king on the Queen Mary. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Whiskey Dinner, Then a Boat Sleepover

Whiskey Dinner, Then a Boat Sleepover

The Queen Mary pours the poshest of ambers, then invites you to spend the night. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Rare ship visit: The Queen Elizabeth is set to sail by Queen Mary. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Woof! Southern California Pet Expo

Woof! Southern California Pet Expo

Beastie buffs head for an animal-informative day at the Long Beach Arena. Read »

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rancho Los Alamitos Restoration

Rancho Los Alamitos Restoration

A Long Beach landmark is preserved and renewed. 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.