Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

'Tis the Season for Subterranean Strolls

'Tis the Season for Subterranean Strolls

The Forestiere Underground Gardens and Sactown Underground make annual debuts. Read »

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

American Cheese Society Mega Con Returns

American Cheese Society Mega Con Returns

Hundreds of cheesemaking specialists get savory in Sacramento. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Old West, New Tech: A Sacramento Yuletide

Old West, New Tech: A Sacramento Yuletide

A theatrical light-bright swirl descends upon the historic area. A mega tree, too. Read »

Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

From Disney to Cal Expo: Iconic California Sign Goes Up

From Disney to Cal Expo: Iconic California Sign Goes Up

The mondo letters front the Sacramento destination, just in time for the state fair. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Here Comes the State Fair (Food)

Here Comes the State Fair (Food)

Will your favorite summer be on a stick, deep-fried, or both? Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 7:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sactown Heads Underground

Sactown Heads Underground

Tickets for the ever-popular Underground Tours will soon go on sale. Read »

Friday, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

World's Record on the Midway

World's Record on the Midway

A wheel buff is going for one very long ride at the California State Fair. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Underground Surfaces

The Underground Surfaces

The weather is warming up which means it is time to head below the surface. Read »

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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.
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