Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 9:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summertime at Crystal Cave

Summertime at Crystal Cave

The Sequoia National Park wonder is only open a few months of the year. Read »

Friday, Jun 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 10th, Skytrail

Happy 10th, Skytrail

The lofty ride at the Trees of Mystery turns 10. And longer summer hours begin, too. Read »

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Morro Bay Midweek Deal

Morro Bay Midweek Deal

Several properties around the beautiful burg are offering 15-percent off on special nights. Read »

Monday, May 9, 2011 at 6:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterfalls and Rainbows

Waterfalls and Rainbows

Word from Yosemite is that both wonders are in full fantastic force. Read »

Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 at 8:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bring On the Ranunculus!

Bring On the Ranunculus!

Opening day for the Flower Fields is Tuesday, March 1. Read »

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

Horsetail Fall's "Firefall"

Horsetail Fall's

A famous Yosemite landmark is having its most famous fortnight. Read »

Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Phoenix in Palm Springs

Phoenix in Palm Springs

The slide honcho is taking Modernism buffs on a cross-country trip, via projector. Read »

Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Valentine's Spa Time at Madonna Inn

Valentine's Spa Time at Madonna Inn

The landmark hotel, famed for its lovey rooms, has a massage special on. Read »

Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vineyard Picnic Tour

Vineyard Picnic Tour

A quartet of wineries to sip at, and someone to drive you there. Sweet. Read »

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

Valentine's Dinner Above Palm Springs

Valentine's Dinner Above Palm Springs

"The world's largest rotating tramway" is taking on the world's most famous love day. 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.