Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tram Run: Sprinting Up a Mountain (Literally)

Tram Run: Sprinting Up a Mountain (Literally)

A run famous for extreme elevation change is set to hoof it up a portion of San Jacinto. Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Snows of San Jacinto

The Snows of San Jacinto

A Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tradition says winter is on the way. Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Reopening: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Reopening: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The ride up the big hill had an eventful summer; now fall rides await. Read »

Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Cute: Family Crafting Weekend

Palm Springs Cute: Family Crafting Weekend

Kids and parents make accessories, bags, and art together at the Ace. Read »

Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Retro Party: MOD Palm Springs Weekend

Retro Party: MOD Palm Springs Weekend

Retro tiki culture, fab cocktails, and SHAG'll be part of the swank soiree. Read »

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 »

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.