Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mission Inn's Festival of Lights

It's a Riverside tradition that's as twinkly as all get-out. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Robots of Riverside

Robot fans gather to talk all things artificial intelligence. Oh, and to have... See Full Gallery »

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mission Inn by Night

Mission Inn by Night

Enjoy dinner and an evening tour of one of California's prettiest landmarks. Read »

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tea in a Castle

Tea in a Castle

The Mission Inn in Riverside has a special way to celebrate on the Saturday before Mother's Day. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

66th Riverside County Fair

66th Riverside County Fair

California's wintertime county fair prepares to get the midway glowing. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your Valentine's Castle

Your Valentine's Castle

The Mission Inn has a bevy of February 14th-ish packages. Roses? Cupcakes? Yes, you got it. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Merry, Merry Mission Inn

The Merry, Merry Mission Inn

"Dazzling" doesn't begin to describe the Riverside landmark's holiday display. Read »

Friday, Oct 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Robot Love

Robot Love

The humans who build robots meet in Riverside. Special guest: a Wall-E! Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ghost Walk Riverside

Ghost Walk Riverside

There are two tours, one for families and one for those wanting a scarier experience. 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.