Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Queen Mary Turns 75

The Queen Mary Turns 75

The famous ocean liner is marking a big birthday with fireworks and festivities. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Orleans Nights

New Orleans Nights

The Queen Mary is kicking off a beer/wine pairing series with a tasty trip to the Big Easy. Read »

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

"Laird"ing It Up on the Queen Mary

The big ship's big Scottish Festival is just ahead. There are festival stay-over deals, too. Read »

Saturday, Dec 11, 2010 at 7:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

NYE on the QM

NYE on the QM

There are several styles of music playing. Then, the seen-from-the-ship fireworks. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010 at 2:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Wraps Updates with a Bowl of Chowder

Queen Mary Wraps Updates with a Bowl of Chowder

The Long Beach ship opens a new seafood eatery, and finishes the "last major update." 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.