Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Nature Proposals: The National Parks Feel the Love

Nature Proposals: The National Parks Feel the Love

Proposals to weddings: A sweet Valentine's video toasts the parks. Read »

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 7:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Days in Nature's Splendor

Free Days in Nature's Splendor

Does your favorite national park have a get-in fee? It'll be waived for a weekend. Read »

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fee-Free Days Ahead at the National Parks

Fee-Free Days Ahead at the National Parks

The first of 2014 is just ahead. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Dozens of fee-charging destinations will waive admission in honor of Veterans Day. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 6:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

It's Open: Yosemite National Park

It's Open: Yosemite National Park

The national park made the announcement to social media fans. Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fee-Free National Park Day: Celebrating Our Public Lands

Fee-Free National Park Day: Celebrating Our Public Lands

Thousands of volunteers will pitch in to clean up parks over a single day. Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

National Parks Contest: Summer Scrapbook

National Parks Contest: Summer Scrapbook

Share photos or videos of your national park trip and, yep, you might win a new adventure. Read »

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

No Electricity, Just Quiet and Peace: Drakesbad Guest Ranch

No Electricity, Just Quiet and Peace: Drakesbad Guest Ranch

The Lassen Volcanic Park getaway is booking rooms for summer. Read »

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Help the Sequoias While Visiting the Sequoias

Help the Sequoias While Visiting the Sequoias

A hotel package that's made for Earth Day, and a few extra days, too. Read »

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 8:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Days During National Park Week

Free Days During National Park Week

Admission will be waived at dozens of parks across the country. Read »

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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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