Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, May 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Outside Lands: Food Fest Announced

Outside Lands: Food Fest Announced

The mega music party is known for its culinary spirit. Here are the details. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Outside Lands Line-Up Announced

Outside Lands Line-Up Announced

Paul McCartney and the Red Hot Chili Peppers head for Golden Gate Park. Read »

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco Deal: Hotel, Then Boat, Then Bridge

San Francisco Deal: Hotel, Then Boat, Then Bridge

The Bay Lights are up and lit. Want to see? There's a hotel-cruise deal on. Read »

Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel Monaco's Fresh Whimsy

Hotel Monaco's Fresh Whimsy

A San Francisco hotel sends stuffiness a-packin'. Read »

Friday, Mar 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bay Bridge Goes Mega LED

Bay Bridge Goes Mega LED

The San Francisco span will become "the largest LED light sculpture in the world." Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 6:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Presidio's Newest Historic Getaway

The Presidio's Newest Historic Getaway

The Inn at the Presidio will grow this spring. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 at 11:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco's Week of Suds

San Francisco's Week of Suds

Anyone up for Beer Bingo? Read »

Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco, Your Sweetheart, and a "Cheap Date"

San Francisco, Your Sweetheart, and a

Three Personality Hotels are offering Valentine's-cute deals. Read »

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Announced: Outside Lands 2013

Announced: Outside Lands 2013

San Francisco's mega summer concert fest gets its August dates. Read »

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your Own Hotel for New Year's Eve

Your Own Hotel for New Year's Eve

San Francisco's Hotel Palomar can be all yours for a night. Really. 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.