Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bacon Gets Creative at the Queen Mary

Bacon Gets Creative at the Queen Mary

Want to see strips turned into edible art? Head for Long Beach. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

San Diego County Fair and the Queen Mary are about to get salty-sizzly. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden State Inns Make Wacky Top Ten

Golden State Inns Make Wacky Top Ten

The Featherbed Railroad and the Queen Mary make the Hotels.com cut. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Great brush-wielding chefs shall 'Q it up, in Long Beach. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 8:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lickety-Split Deal: Queen Mary Stay-Over

Lickety-Split Deal: Queen Mary Stay-Over

The big ship is taking 40% off your room. Suh-weet. Read »

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Steampunk Symposium Sails for the Queen Mary

Steampunk Symposium Sails for the Queen Mary

Invention-building and bustle-parading are on tap for the big ship. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Extended: CHILL Set to Not Melt Quite Yet

Extended: CHILL Set to Not Melt Quite Yet

Balmy days making you long for winter? The Queen Mary hears ya. Read »

Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Takes a New Year's Eve "Voyage"

Queen Mary Takes a New Year's Eve

The permanently docked ship will recall past ports of call with a global bash. Read »

Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

2,000,000+ Pounds of Ice, One Famous Ship

2,000,000+ Pounds of Ice, One Famous Ship

An ice-sculptured wonderland forms at a Long Beach landmark. Read »

Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary's Hot Labor Day Weekend: Deco, Reggae, Chili

Queen Mary's Hot Labor Day Weekend: Deco, Reggae, Chili

The big boat has three major to-dos over the holiday weekend. Ready? 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.