Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 7:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lovely, Lunar Lassen

Lovely, Lunar Lassen

A favorite peak and its "Mars-scape" feel get a major shout-out. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Fall in Winter

The Fall in Winter

Ever seen sunshine set a waterfall alight? Make for Yosemite. Read »

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 at 5:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Tram Contest

Palm Springs Tram Contest

Can you guess when winter will wrap near Palm Springs? You could score some free tram tickets. Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Less Car More Canyon

Less Car More Canyon

Leave the wheels in the far parking lot and board the train. Or the mule. Or hit the bikes. Read »

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa in Irvine

Santa in Irvine

The Christmas Train is heading down the tracks with one very special guest. Read »

Friday, Dec 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Rrowr!

Santa Barbara Rrowr!

The Santa Barbara Zoo's ultra-cool T Rex puppet ups its shows for the holiday season. Read »

Saturday, Dec 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rock Face Rink

Rock Face Rink

Twirl at one of the world's most spectacular rinks. Read »

Monday, Dec 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

That Solvang Sparkle

That Solvang Sparkle

One of the Golden State's sparkliest villages turns up the wattage. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden Leaves, Half Dome

Golden Leaves, Half Dome

It's getting more spectacular in one of the most spectacular places on earth. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 100th, Devils Postpile

Happy 100th, Devils Postpile

The Mammoth-close wonder opens for its 100th season on Wednesday, June 29. 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.