Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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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 »

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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountain Gold: June Lake October

Mountain Gold: June Lake October

Call it Foliage Central, or one center, at least, for the Eastern Sierra. Read »

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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 »

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Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountain Gold: Leaf-Peeping Deals Ahead

Mountain Gold: Leaf-Peeping Deals Ahead

The Westin Mammoth helps you save during your annual foliage search. Read »

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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Driving the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

Driving the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

Will you spy overlooks, pools, and dramatic rocks? Yep, yep, and yep. Read »

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Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ride a Yosemite-Close Train by Moonlight

Ride a Yosemite-Close Train by Moonlight

A vintage train sets off after dark. Intrigued? Read »

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Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Enjoy Sierra-Style Sips Along the Madera Wine Trail

Enjoy Sierra-Style Sips Along the Madera Wine Trail

Is it a secret? Not so much, which is good. Should you go? Big yes. Read »

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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 »

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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 »

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Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

June Mountain Set to Reopen

June Mountain Set to Reopen

The Eastern Sierra ski destination has re-thrown open the doors wide. 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.