Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Tram to Reopen

Palm Springs Tram to Reopen

The attraction is ready for visitors following a closure due to smoke from the Mountain Fire. Read »

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Supporting the Towns Around San Jacinto

Supporting the Towns Around San Jacinto

One of Idyllwild's biggest annual events is just ahead: Jazz in the Pines. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mega Marilyn Artwork Stays in Palm Springs a Bit Longer

Mega Marilyn Artwork Stays in Palm Springs a Bit Longer

The 26-foot-tall sculpture's run was extended; the time to see it is now. Read »

Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Cool: Find Those Hot Weather Deals

Palm Springs Cool: Find Those Hot Weather Deals

Hotels welcome summer with sweet, SPF friendly deals. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dining Discounts in the Desert

Dining Discounts in the Desert

Restaurant Week gets sizzling around the desert resorts. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Sweet Summer Deal at Korakia Pensione

A Sweet Summer Deal at Korakia Pensione

Hot deals heat up at one of the desert's prettiest destinations. Read »

Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tachevah: The Middle of the Coachella Sandwich

Tachevah: The Middle of the Coachella Sandwich

Staying in the desert for both music weekends? Best go Tachevah. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mount San Jacinto Summertime Deal

Mount San Jacinto Summertime Deal

Plan on hiking in crisp mountain air this summer? Get your tram pass. Read »

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 7:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Elvis in Palm Springs: Spirit of the King

Elvis in Palm Springs: Spirit of the King

A new show salutes the icon five nights a week. Read »

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Valentine's on the Palm Springs Tram

Valentine's on the Palm Springs Tram

Sweethearts get close above Palm Springs. 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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