Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 98th, National Park Service

Happy 98th, National Park Service

The venerable system marks the occasion by waiving admission at dozens of parks. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Lassen Camping Program: RentMyTent

New Lassen Camping Program: RentMyTent

Would you love to have your tent all ready when you arrive? You got it. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sequoia National Park's First-Ever Dark Sky Fest

Sequoia National Park's First-Ever Dark Sky Fest

The park gathers Milky Way buffs and big tree fans for a sparkly starry night. Read »

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy Birthday, Crystal Cave

Happy Birthday, Crystal Cave

The subterranean favorite marks a milestone and readies for summer. Read »

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 »

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.