Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 7:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer Sweet: Riverside's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Summer Sweet: Riverside's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Cold treats, tunes, and Victorian-style merriments await. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

First County Fair of the Year: Hello, Riverside

First County Fair of the Year: Hello, Riverside

The February fun-maker is up with rodeo, rides, and dates, dates, dates. Read »

Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

One Hotel, Five Weeks, Millions of Lights

One Hotel, Five Weeks, Millions of Lights

The Mission Inn is preparing for its December dazzler. Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Gaggle of Robots Meep for Riverside

A Gaggle of Robots Meep for Riverside

Make for what's billed as "the biggest robot event in Southern California." Read »

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Riverside Treat: Victorian Ice Cream Social

Riverside Treat: Victorian Ice Cream Social

The historic city'll once again costume up, this time for cold sweetness. Read »

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Deals, Discounts, and Mmm: Riverside Restaurant Week

Deals, Discounts, and Mmm: Riverside Restaurant Week

Old Spaghetti Factory and Prohibition Kitchen are two of the participants. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 6:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

110 Years of the Mission Inn

110 Years of the Mission Inn

A package celebrates the historic hotel's centennial + a decade. Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Inland Empire's First Cupcake Fair

The Inland Empire's First Cupcake Fair

Over 20 IE bakeries go for our sweet tooth, and for a good cause, too. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

County Fair Time in Riverside

County Fair Time in Riverside

Rides, concerts, and a certain juicy fruit are set to shine in Indio. Read »

Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Sunday Sojourn in Riverside

A Sunday Sojourn in Riverside

Have a Monday off? Love the Mission Inn? You're in luck. 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.