Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco Welcomes America's Cup

San Francisco Welcomes America's Cup

The City by the Bay is the scene of the next action-packed World Series regatta. Read »

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco Cocktail Week

San Francisco Cocktail Week

The City by the Bay is famous for its frou-frou libations. Now, a multi-day festival fetes the best of the best. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Outside Lands 2012

Outside Lands 2012

Tickets are going on sale for one of our state's biggest music fests. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco Oysterfest

San Francisco Oysterfest

Big tunes, big eats, and thousands of fans. Who is up for another dozen? Read »

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride

"Global Equity" is the theme for the 2012 celebration. Read »

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden Gate Weekend

Golden Gate Weekend

Bridge lovers, your weekend has arrived. Read »

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden Gate Bridge Tours

Golden Gate Bridge Tours

Have you crossed the famous span on wheels? Isn't it time you got out of the car? Read »

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 6:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden Gate Suite

Golden Gate Suite

Bridge buffs, your perfect hotel room has arrived. Read »

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 75th, Golden Gate Bridge

Happy 75th, Golden Gate Bridge

Love the legendary span? Make for the City by the Bay over Memorial Day Weekend. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Disposable Film Festival

The Disposable Film Festival

Snap snap snap: San Francisco's catch-it-quick-and-easy film fest turns 5. 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.