Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco Sparkle: The Spinning Monkey Zoetrope

San Francisco Sparkle: The Spinning Monkey Zoetrope

The Bay Area brims with light-up wonders, including this Exploratorium-close artwork. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A '70s Icon Updated: The Tactile Dome

A '70s Icon Updated: The Tactile Dome

A San Francisco favorite re-debuts with an updated vibe. Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

800+ Musicians Playing Together: Chrissy Broadcast

800+ Musicians Playing Together: Chrissy Broadcast

The sonic sound feast is set for San Francisco's Chrissy Field. Read »

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Wondrous Buildings of San Francisco

The Wondrous Buildings of San Francisco

September is Architecture Month in one of the architecture-iest cities in all the land. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Celebrating San Francisco Pride

Celebrating San Francisco Pride

Parties, concerts, and the centerpiece parade fill the last weekend in June. Read »

Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Costumes Ahoy: San Francisco's Lively Bay to Breakers Run

Costumes Ahoy: San Francisco's Lively Bay to Breakers Run

It's strange, it's healthy, it's beloved, it's San Francisco. 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.