Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Hotels of America (and California)

Historic Hotels of America (and California)

Three Golden State properties join a past-perfect lodging group. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Concierge for Northern Sonoma Wine Country

A Concierge for Northern Sonoma Wine Country

The Wine Road introduces a new online concierge, to help with planning. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lovable, Photographable, Soon: Ugliest Dog Contest

Lovable, Photographable, Soon: Ugliest Dog Contest

Have a snaggle-toothed hound? There's still time to enter. Read »

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

One of the planet's sweetest and strangest pup shows is coming around again at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Read »

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Squee Alert: Ugly Dog Time

Squee Alert: Ugly Dog Time

It's time for the Sonoma-Marin Fair, which means some truly adorable pup sightings. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The "Dark Side" of Sea Ranch

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Looking for the perfect sky-watching spot? Look north. Read »

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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.
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