Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

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 »

Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Turkey Up the Palm Springs Tram

Turkey Up the Palm Springs Tram

Looking for a different holiday this November? Go up one very big hill. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Southland's Surprise Santas

The Southland's Surprise Santas

Like your Santa with a dose of spontaneity? Here are a few spots to see such a thing. Read »

Friday, Nov 4, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tram's Snow Contest Wraps

Tram's Snow Contest Wraps

The reason? It snowed. Read »

Sunday, Oct 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Thanksgiving at the Tram

Thanksgiving at the Tram

Do the big holiday dinner up the mountain. The classics'll be on the table, of course, and out the windows? Big, big views. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snow-Guessing Contest

Snow-Guessing Contest

If you dig predicting the weather, and you're sweet on the Palm Springs tram, read on. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Valentine's Dinner Above Palm Springs

Valentine's Dinner Above Palm Springs

"The world's largest rotating tramway" is taking on the world's most famous love day. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Takes the Tram

Santa Takes the Tram

He'll be stopping by the Palm Springs landmark on Saturday, Dec. 18. 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.