Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Here Come the Yosemite Waterfalls

Here Come the Yosemite Waterfalls

Springtime is the right time to marvel before these powerful wonders. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Driving the Majestic Mountain Loop

Driving the Majestic Mountain Loop

Eager to get back into the mountains, sans chains? Spring is coming. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Signs of Death Valley's Springtime

Signs of Death Valley's Springtime

Wildflower watchers will soon turn their attention to the national park. Read »

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Mysterious Death Valley Racetrack

The Mysterious Death Valley Racetrack

Death Valley's strangest sight begs one question: How do those rocks move? Read »

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 »

Sunday, Jan 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Visiting the Newest National Park (It's Here in California)

Visiting the Newest National Park (It's Here in California)

The Hollister-close Pinnacles National Monument has a new designation. 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.