Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Crew for a Day: Join the Historic Sierra No. 3

Crew for a Day: Join the Historic Sierra No. 3

Hop in the cab of a Gold Country favorite (and get to work). Read »

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fishing Along the High Sierra

Fishing Along the High Sierra

Need some peaceful meadow-lake action? Yosemite awaits. Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tenaya Lodge Fetes Yosemite's 150th Anniversary

Tenaya Lodge Fetes Yosemite's 150th Anniversary

Mark the signing of the grant with a park-adjacent stay. Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Skiing on Memorial Day: It's Happening

Skiing on Memorial Day: It's Happening

Shorts and snow boards? Mammoth plans to make it so. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spring Snow: Sierra Awaits Flakes

Spring Snow: Sierra Awaits Flakes

Need to get a few more down-the-mountain runs in? Now is the time. Read »

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rejoice, Ski People: The Snow Is Back

Rejoice, Ski People: The Snow Is Back

The mountains rejoice as the white stuff falls again. Read »

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hikes, Fishing, Drives: Mono County's Unwinterlike Winter

Hikes, Fishing, Drives: Mono County's Unwinterlike Winter

It's usually the spot for skiing, but the weather says otherwise. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snowshoe Adventuring in the Sierra

Snowshoe Adventuring in the Sierra

A Tenaya Lodge package sends guests out for a chilly, thrilly walk. Read »

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Foliage Time: See Peak Color

Foliage Time: See Peak Color

The call to "Go Now!" -- and enjoy the hues of autumn -- is on. Read »

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Astounding Tufa of Mono Lake

The Astounding Tufa of Mono Lake

The wonder-filled state preserve is open to visitors. 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.