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 »

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 »

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 »

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Going Car-Free in the Sequoias

Going Car-Free in the Sequoias

You long to wend your way through some of the world's most famous trees and not have to drive. That's a real option. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 9:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summertime at Crystal Cave

Summertime at Crystal Cave

The Sequoia National Park wonder is only open a few months of the year. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day in Sequoia National Park

Earth Day in Sequoia National Park

National Park Week continues, meaning free admission and lots of in-park activities. Read »

Saturday, Jan 29, 2011 at 7:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

High Sierra Tastes at the Wuksachi

High Sierra Tastes at the Wuksachi

Chef Steven Steritt is doing a local focus at the sequoia-close resort. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sequoia Park to Waive Fee for Holiday

Sequoia Park to Waive Fee for Holiday

The park service will not charge admission over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 12:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snowshoe by Sequoias

Snowshoe by Sequoias

It's been damp down here, which means loads of lovely snow up there. 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.