Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fee-Free Days in the National Parks

Fee-Free Days in the National Parks

The first of the "pay no admission" days of the year is just ahead. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day

It's a fee-free day to give back to our wild spaces; give back and admire them, too. Read »

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

National Parks and the Solar Eclipse

National Parks and the Solar Eclipse

Heading up the state to try and catch the solar event just ahead? The National Park Service has some recs for you. Read »

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

National Parks Say "Thank You" to Veterans

National Parks Say

The parks that charge fees will waive them in honor of Veterans Day Weekend. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Now This Is the Way to Welcome Summer

Now This Is the Way to Welcome Summer

June 21 is a fee-free day around the national park system. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Share the Experience Photo Contest

Share the Experience Photo Contest

The National Park Foundation wants your best snapshot. The prize? A national park trip, natch. Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountains, Sky, Serenity: National Park Week

Mountains, Sky, Serenity: National Park Week

Dozens of national parks will be waiving entrance fees for just over a week. Read »

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 1:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 75th, Joshua Tree National Park

Happy 75th, Joshua Tree National Park

One of California's biggest, rockiest, most wonder-filled treasures hits a milestone. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Park Entrance on Veterans Day

Free Park Entrance on Veterans Day

The National Parks honor veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11. Read »

Friday, Sep 24, 2010 at 6:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Park Visits for Public Lands Day

Free Park Visits for Public Lands Day

The National Park Service is waiving admission on Saturday, Sept. 25. Read »

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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.
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