Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ending Forever: Mariposa Big Tree Tram Tour

Ending Forever: Mariposa Big Tree Tram Tour

A major restoration of the Yosemite sequoia grove is due. Read »

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 98th, National Park Service

Happy 98th, National Park Service

The venerable system marks the occasion by waiving admission at dozens of parks. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Watch the Perseids at Glacier Point

Watch the Perseids at Glacier Point

A spectacular showing is due in August, and Tenaya Lodge has a fun field trip lined up. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 11:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hike to Yosemite's Geographic Center

Hike to Yosemite's Geographic Center

Ready to see views in all directions? This moderate trek awaits. Read »

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Yosemite Grant's 150th Birthday Party

Yosemite Grant's 150th Birthday Party

The proclamation that started the national park receives a tribute. Read »

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fishing Along the High Sierra

Fishing Along the High Sierra

Need some peaceful meadow-lake action? Yosemite awaits. Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happening Right This Second: Big Waterfalls

Happening Right This Second: Big Waterfalls

Yosemite's H20 scene is in full spectacular bloom. Read »

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Seasonal Debuts: Yosemite Stables and Bikes

Seasonal Debuts: Yosemite Stables and Bikes

The openings provide more signs that finer weather is on the way, to stay. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Campground Openings: Yosemite Getaway

Campground Openings: Yosemite Getaway

Ready to sleep under the stars and giant trees? Read »

Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Healthy Living Retreat at Tenaya Lodge

Healthy Living Retreat at Tenaya Lodge

Does a mountain getaway that's good for body and mind sound kind of ideal? Yeah. 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.