Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Easter Around the City by the Bay

Easter Around the City by the Bay

Posh hotel specials and lively go-outs; where will the Big Bunny lead you? Read »

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Outside Lands: The 2014 Line-Up

Outside Lands: The 2014 Line-Up

The early August songfest hums and sings in Golden Gate Park. Read »

Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mega Nature: San Francisco Flower Show

Mega Nature: San Francisco Flower Show

"The nation's third largest show of its kind" will bloom in all the ways. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco Romance: Month-Long Joie de Vivre Valentine's

San Francisco Romance: Month-Long Joie de Vivre Valentine's

An octet of Bay Area hotels do up the hearts and the heat, for all of February. Read »

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Indoor Mini Golf Headed for the Bay Area

Indoor Mini Golf Headed for the Bay Area

April opening: Urban Putt'll bring club fun and bar drinks to San Francisco. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Time-Lapse Treat Is San Francisco Sweet

Time-Lapse Treat Is San Francisco Sweet

Coit Tower, the bridges, and more: The city shines in a new video. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

History and Food: On Foot in San Francisco

History and Food: On Foot in San Francisco

Stay at the historic Washington Square Inn and get a deal on a walking tour. Read »

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bay Brews: San Francisco Beer Week

Bay Brews: San Francisco Beer Week

The finest crafty sips'll make a showing, and the makers who make 'em. Read »

Monday, Dec 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Funky and Famous Piers of California

The Funky and Famous Piers of California

A new book visits those oh-so-dear ocean-snug promenades. Read »

Sunday, Dec 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gingerbread Houses Go Gargantuan

Gingerbread Houses Go Gargantuan

The sugary abodes are on display at a few Golden State hotels. 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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