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 »

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 »

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 »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snow Time at the Tram

Snow Time at the Tram

Ready to think about the cold white stuff? We are. Read »

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 at 5:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Tram Contest

Palm Springs Tram Contest

Can you guess when winter will wrap near Palm Springs? You could score some free tram tickets. 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 »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Running Up the Mountain

Running Up the Mountain

Can you handle a 19% grade? If so, see you at the Palm Springs Tram. 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 »

Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 8:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Summer Ride 'n Dine

The Summer Ride 'n Dine

Combo tickets on the Palm Springs tram will be reduced for a two-month window. Read »

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 2:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mother's Day at the Tram

Mother's Day at the Tram

You want to give mom brunch, but your mom wants some adventure, too? Done and done. 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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