Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 10:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Majestic Yosemite Fall Goes Afire

Majestic Yosemite Fall Goes Afire

It's a much-anticipated winter phenomenon in Yosemite National Park. Read »

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Range of Light Film Festival

Range of Light Film Festival

The Yosemite-based cineparty honors movies made with a thirst for nature Read »

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Crunch, Crunch, Crunch: Snowshoe Mariposa Grove

Crunch, Crunch, Crunch: Snowshoe Mariposa Grove

A winter-pretty outing takes adventurers past the Big Trees. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Unusual Ice Rinks of the Golden State

Unusual Ice Rinks of the Golden State

Twirl near Half Dome or try a couples' skate near the ocean. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lonely Planet Hearts the Golden State

Lonely Planet Hearts the Golden State

Two California spots get the must-visit-in-2014 love. Read »

Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Quirky Perks: Badger Pass Season Pass

Quirky Perks: Badger Pass Season Pass

The Yosemite play place has a few new extras for longtime fans. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Curry Deal: Low Temperature=Your Stay-Over Rate

Curry Deal: Low Temperature=Your Stay-Over Rate

A Yosemite cold-weather tradition is in full, frosty swing. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Free Entry Weekend at the National Parks

Dozens of fee-charging destinations will waive admission in honor of Veterans Day. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ken Burns to Visit LA, Talk Yosemite

Ken Burns to Visit LA, Talk Yosemite

Get tickets to a new documentary debuting at Paramount Studios. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 6:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

It's Open: Yosemite National Park

It's Open: Yosemite National Park

The national park made the announcement to social media fans. 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.