Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Vegas: Delano Hotel Debuts

It's a "touch of South Beach on the Strip" next to Mandalay Bay. See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Posh Style: The Look of SLS Las Vegas

Posh Style: The Look of SLS Las Vegas

The new, 3-towered hotel, set for an Aug. 23 opening, was designed by Philippe Starck. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

104 Celebrities: Sin City's "Star Trek" Con

104 Celebrities: Sin City's

William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew are both due at huge Vegas beam-up. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rockin' Rockabilly Summit: Viva Las Vegas

Rockin' Rockabilly Summit: Viva Las Vegas

Prepare for the beauty of Brylcreemed hair, hot rods, and slick tunes. Read »

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sin City's Whimsical Wine Country

Sin City's Whimsical Wine Country

Are they planting vines on The Strip? Well. Sort of? Read »

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dig This Las Vegas

Dig This Las Vegas

Bulldozer buff? Check out the new packages in Sin City's "heavy equipment playground." Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM
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By Becky Stickney

Halloween: Las Vegas Style

Halloween: Las Vegas Style

Halloween on a Monday? Get out of town and head to the desert. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 at 12:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Viva Las Vegas (Neon)

Viva Las Vegas (Neon)

Board the bus and make for Nevada to support MONA (and to enjoy some vintage signs, too). Read »

Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 6:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

World's Largest Margarita

World's Largest Margarita

One salty sipper will be mixed in Las Vegas. Read »

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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By Becky Stickney

Vegas Heats Up in August

Vegas Heats Up in August

How rock icon Rod Stewart may be part of your summer plans. 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.