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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.
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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.