Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Last Day of Summer: Snow Falls in the Sierra

Last Day of Summer: Snow Falls in the Sierra

Autumn gets off to a chilly start in Mammoth. Read »

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Mountains Are (Mostly) Open

The Mountains Are (Mostly) Open

Reports of "no smoke" are coming in from Mammoth and other towns. Want to visit? You should. Read »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

What to Do Around the Southern Sierra

What to Do Around the Southern Sierra

It's a place synonymous with summer road trips. Read »

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Devils Postpile: Remote, Stark, and Stunning

Devils Postpile: Remote, Stark, and Stunning

The Sierra-based national monument has its 2013 opening date. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mammoth to Stay Open Through Memorial Day

Mammoth to Stay Open Through Memorial Day

The Sierra ski destination keeps the slopes running. Read »

Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fly-Fishing in the Sierra

Fly-Fishing in the Sierra

Cast a line in some of the state's most spectacular waters. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 6:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snow in the Sierra

Snow in the Sierra

Haven't had your fill of fall yet? It's wrapping in some parts of the state. Read »

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mammoth Leaf Peeping

Mammoth Leaf Peeping

Ready to bid summer adieu and have an autumn adventure? Read »

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Capitol's California Christmas Tree

The Capitol's California Christmas Tree

A white fir growing in the Central Sierra will serve as the big tree in D.C. Read »

Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sierra Nevada Turns 30

Sierra Nevada Turns 30

The Chico brewery is doing it up with a dinner, and a whole lot of brews. 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.