Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy Birthday, Crystal Cave

Happy Birthday, Crystal Cave

The subterranean favorite marks a milestone and readies for summer. Read »

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sequoia Stars: Staring Out the Night Sky

Sequoia Stars: Staring Out the Night Sky

Stay at the Wuksachi Lodge and look up -- way, way up. Read »

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Crunch, Crunch, Crunch: Snowshoe Mariposa Grove

Crunch, Crunch, Crunch: Snowshoe Mariposa Grove

A winter-pretty outing takes adventurers past the Big Trees. Read »

Sunday, Oct 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gentle Sunlight, Tall Sequoias, Autumn Hues

Gentle Sunlight, Tall Sequoias, Autumn Hues

Head up to the giants for some good deals and great fall hikes. Read »

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Help the Sequoias While Visiting the Sequoias

Help the Sequoias While Visiting the Sequoias

A hotel package that's made for Earth Day, and a few extra days, too. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Driving the Majestic Mountain Loop

Driving the Majestic Mountain Loop

Eager to get back into the mountains, sans chains? Spring is coming. Read »

Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A High Sierra Idyll

A High Sierra Idyll

Already dreaming of walking the High Sierra Trail? Plan now. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Winter Among the Giants

Winter Among the Giants

Peace, nature, and snow: It's the quietest time of the year in the sequoias. Read »

Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spooky Sequoias

Spooky Sequoias

Take an eerie trip to the Sequoia National Park. Read »

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

High Sierra Getaway

High Sierra Getaway

The wait to stay at the High Sierra camp is usually months, but not now. 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.