Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Some Like It Hot" Sweetheart Gala

Three guesses as to where this movie-ready bash'll take place. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Getaway: "Forever Marilyn" Package

Palm Springs Getaway:

The 26-foot-tall sculpture is still in the desert, and a local hotel wants you to see it. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mega Marilyn Artwork Stays in Palm Springs a Bit Longer

Mega Marilyn Artwork Stays in Palm Springs a Bit Longer

The 26-foot-tall sculpture's run was extended; the time to see it is now. Read »

Sunday, Aug 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Packages for Marilyn Fans

Palm Springs Packages for Marilyn Fans

Have you seen the Forever Marilyn sculpture yet? This could be your time. Read »

Saturday, Jul 7, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Salutes Marilyn

Palm Springs Salutes Marilyn

Palm Springs will screen classic movies next to the 26-foot Marilyn Monroe sculpture. Read »

Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Marilyn Monroe in Palm Springs

Marilyn Monroe in Palm Springs

The impressively sized artwork, complete with iconic blowing skirt, debuts in Palm Springs. Read »

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel del Coronado on a Stamp

Hotel del Coronado on a Stamp

A new Billy Wilder stamp features a certain Coronado landmark. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Win a Stay in Marilyn's Suite

Win a Stay in Marilyn's Suite

You've got a chance to stay in the Culver Hotel's Marilyn Monroe Suite, for nada. 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.