Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mmm, Savory: West Coast BBQ Classic

Mmm, Savory: West Coast BBQ Classic

Smoky, succulent meats are king on the Queen Mary. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Whiskey Dinner, Then a Boat Sleepover

Whiskey Dinner, Then a Boat Sleepover

The Queen Mary pours the poshest of ambers, then invites you to spend the night. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Rare ship visit: The Queen Elizabeth is set to sail by Queen Mary. Read »

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary's Memorial Day Salute

Queen Mary's Memorial Day Salute

Show your military ID, or show in uniform, and get a first-class pass on the big ship. The deal is on for a short time. Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

West Coast Barbecue Classic

West Coast Barbecue Classic

You can't spell "Long Beach" without a 'Q. Or, er, well, at least on one Saturday in May. Read »

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Diana: Legacy of a Princess

Diana: Legacy of a Princess

A new exhibit celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales will open at the Queen Mary. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Scotland Celebrated, Queen Mary-Style

Scotland Celebrated, Queen Mary-Style

Sheep-herding, whisky-tasting, and pipes-a-baggin' (or is that bags-a-pipin'?) -- it is nearly time again for the Scottish Festival and Games. Read »

Saturday, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California's Eerie Inns

California's Eerie Inns

The Historic Hotels of America people have rounded up tales from some of the group's spookiest properties. There's one right in Napa. Boo! Read »

Friday, Sep 16, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

One Truly Historic Queen

One Truly Historic Queen

Our famous ocean-liner gets one more landmark-loving leg up. Read »

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 8:32 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Red, White, and Blues Time

Red, White, and Blues Time

Fireworks and zydeco are part of the Queen Mary's Fourth of July celebrations. 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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