Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snowy Mammoth Deal Starts Early

Snowy Mammoth Deal Starts Early

Has the extreme heat got you dreaming of flakes? Make it real, snow bunny. Read »

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vino on the Mountain: Mammoth Wine Weekend

Vino on the Mountain: Mammoth Wine Weekend

A Village Wine Walk and a Tour of California Wine Dinner are two tasty highlights. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Blues and Brews: A Mammoth Mountain Tradition

Blues and Brews: A Mammoth Mountain Tradition

Buddy Guy headlines the summertime soundfest. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountaintop Learning: Explore Mammoth

Mountaintop Learning: Explore Mammoth

Get to know the history and geology of the big mountain. Read »

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mammoth Deal: Ski, Bike, and Golf in One Day

Mammoth Deal: Ski, Bike, and Golf in One Day

A late spring tradition keeps sportsy sorts on their feet (and skis). Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Skiing on Memorial Day: It's Happening

Skiing on Memorial Day: It's Happening

Shorts and snow boards? Mammoth plans to make it so. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spring Snow: Sierra Awaits Flakes

Spring Snow: Sierra Awaits Flakes

Need to get a few more down-the-mountain runs in? Now is the time. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Avalanche Dogs of Mammoth

The Avalanche Dogs of Mammoth

Mammoth Stories return with a look at the mountain's star canines. Read »

Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 at 7:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sierra Snowstorm: Winter's Finally Here

Trees may be budding, but the skiing is hot at Mammoth. See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rejoice, Ski People: The Snow Is Back

Rejoice, Ski People: The Snow Is Back

The mountains rejoice as the white stuff falls again. 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.