Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jul 8, 2011 at 6:32 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Monte Carlo's Dinnertime 3-Martini Lunch

The Monte Carlo's Dinnertime 3-Martini Lunch

A lunchtime legend pours after dark in Las Vegas. Read »

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

The MGM Grand 7-Day Sale

The MGM Grand 7-Day Sale

It starts on Monday, Oct. 25, but your stay doesn't need to fall within the week's window. Read »

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

Mandalay Bay Chef Cooks Pre-Halloween Feast

Mandalay Bay Chef Cooks Pre-Halloween Feast

Project Dinner Table, and Mandalay Bay chef Rick Moonen, head out for the orchard. Read »

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The 1st Las Vegas Halloween Parade

The 1st Las Vegas Halloween Parade

C'mon. Someone -- SOMEONE -- is going as The King. Read »

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

Luck Be a Lassie Tonight

Luck Be a Lassie Tonight

Rio, Caesars, and Imperial Palace introduce new Fido-nice features. Read »

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

Visiting "The 13th Floor" at Circus Circus

Visiting

The Vegas clownery has a terrifying tour on, just in time for the spooky season. Read »

Thursday, Oct 7, 2010 at 6:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ooh La La Wine Tastings

Ooh La La Wine Tastings

You, and a special friend, and the Eiffel Tower (in Vegas), and French wines. Read »

Monday, Oct 4, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

2 Days, 17 Shows

2 Days, 17 Shows

If you like your Vegas shows, best listen to comedian Anthony Cools. Read »

Friday, Sep 24, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

10/10/10 at 10:10 a.m.

10/10/10 at 10:10 a.m.

It's a cryptic title, but here's a hint: romance. And another: Las Vegas. Read »

Saturday, Sep 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

MGM Chefs Cook Up Next Project Dinner Table

MGM Chefs Cook Up Next Project Dinner Table

The next Project Dinner Table features heirloom tomato & aged balsamic push pops. Yum. 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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