Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Re-Debut: Ritz-Carlton at Rancho Mirage

Re-Debut: Ritz-Carlton at Rancho Mirage

An elegant desert getaway prepares for a splashy bow. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Give Back Getaway in Laguna Niguel

Give Back Getaway in Laguna Niguel

Been wanting to try a volunteer vacation? The Ritz-Carlton has suggestions. Read »

Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Surfing Santa Competition

Surfing Santa Competition

A variety of Kris Kringles'll grab their boards and head for Salt Creek Beach. Read »

Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Easter Al Fresco

Easter Al Fresco

Ever seen the giant eggs of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel? Read »

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Let Us Stay With You

Let Us Stay With You

The Ritz-Carlton launches a new theme and brand outreach program. 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.