Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Anne Rice in Riverside

Anne Rice in Riverside

Plus, the Mission Inn will offer two packages related to the author's latest novel. Read »

Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 at 7:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

2011 and 3,500,000 Lights

2011 and 3,500,000 Lights

You can celebrate New Year's and still catch the Mission Inn's famous bulbs. Read »

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

Merry Times at the Mission Inn

Merry Times at the Mission Inn

How do 3.5 million+ twinkling lights look, anyway? Read »

Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vampires Tour of the Mission Inn

Vampires Tour of the Mission Inn

The California Riverside Ballet is ghost-hunting at the storybook hotel. 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.