Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Santa Barbara Zoo celebrates gratitude by giving gourds to its furry residents. Read »

Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 at 7:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tram, Boat, Train: Thanksgiving Dinner, on the Move

Tram, Boat, Train: Thanksgiving Dinner, on the Move

Chow down on yams, turkey, and stuffing, all with views and/or changing vistas. Read »

Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Turkey Up the Palm Springs Tram

Turkey Up the Palm Springs Tram

Looking for a different holiday this November? Go up one very big hill. Read »

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Crown Room Thanksgiving

Crown Room Thanksgiving

Dine on turkey beneath the Oz-inspired chandeliers. Read »

Sunday, Oct 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Thanksgiving at the Tram

Thanksgiving at the Tram

Do the big holiday dinner up the mountain. The classics'll be on the table, of course, and out the windows? Big, big views. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 at 8:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pie, Potatoes, and the Pool

Pie, Potatoes, and the Pool

The Ace Hotel spreads out the holiday vibes over three sunny days. Read »

Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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By Becky Stickney

California Thanksgiving Getaways

Give yourself a holiday that will really leave you saying "Thanks." See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Cider and Cool Pools

Hot Cider and Cool Pools

Fall meets summer at La Quinta Resort & Club. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival

Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival

Get moving in San Diego over the holiday weekend. Read »

Sunday, Nov 7, 2010 at 7:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lodge Lovely Thanksgiving Eats

Lodge Lovely Thanksgiving Eats

Chefs from several nature-close hotels are dreaming up the perfect T-Day feast. 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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