Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Christmas Day Stay in Mammoth Has Bells, Whistles

Christmas Day Stay in Mammoth Has Bells, Whistles

Book a room for Christmas and receive something nice in your proverbial stocking. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Winter Arrives Ahead of Winter

Winter Arrives Ahead of Winter

What were you doing today? Skiers schussed at Mammoth Mountain. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mammoth Opening: $60 Lift Tickets in Honor of 60 Years

Mammoth Opening: $60 Lift Tickets in Honor of 60 Years

It's a big anniversary for the ski destination, and skiers get the first gift. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Last Day of Summer: Snow Falls in the Sierra

Last Day of Summer: Snow Falls in the Sierra

Autumn gets off to a chilly start in Mammoth. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

It's Official: June Mountain Re-Opening Day

It's Official: June Mountain Re-Opening Day

The slopes get a December debut date (and kids ski free). Read »

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Mountains Are (Mostly) Open

The Mountains Are (Mostly) Open

Reports of "no smoke" are coming in from Mammoth and other towns. Want to visit? You should. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountain Gold: Leaf-Peeping Deals Ahead

Mountain Gold: Leaf-Peeping Deals Ahead

The Westin Mammoth helps you save during your annual foliage search. Read »

Friday, Aug 9, 2013 at 6:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Early Preview: What's Ahead for Mammoth

Early Preview: What's Ahead for Mammoth

The re-opening of June Mountain is just one highlight. Read »

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mammoth Foodie Weekend: No Skis, Just Savory Supping

Mammoth Foodie Weekend: No Skis, Just Savory Supping

Spend Fourth of July weekend with some tasty eats up the mountain. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sierra Springtime: Ski, Then Bike, Then Golf, Then Ski Again

Sierra Springtime: Ski, Then Bike, Then Golf, Then Ski Again

Snow's open on Mammoth Mountain through Memorial Day. 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.