Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

National Parks Contest: Summer Scrapbook

National Parks Contest: Summer Scrapbook

Share photos or videos of your national park trip and, yep, you might win a new adventure. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Autumn and Wine at the Ahwahnee

Autumn and Wine at the Ahwahnee

Star vintners and enthusiastic oenophiles gather for a fall tradition. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Group Hike, Glacier Point, Glorious Views

Group Hike, Glacier Point, Glorious Views

Get to know the national park alongside other adventurers. Read »

Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Enjoy Sierra-Style Sips Along the Madera Wine Trail

Enjoy Sierra-Style Sips Along the Madera Wine Trail

Is it a secret? Not so much, which is good. Should you go? Big yes. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Moonbow Magic Over Yosemite Falls

Moonbow Magic Over Yosemite Falls

One is due on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Curious? Read »

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Sign of Summer: Tioga Road Opening

A Sign of Summer: Tioga Road Opening

The highway across the Sierra has a tentative opening date. Read »

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Horseback Riding Through Yosemite Backcountry

Horseback Riding Through Yosemite Backcountry

The Yosemite Valley Stable is open for the summer season, Giddy up! Read »

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Big Trees Tour of Yosemite's Mariposa Grove

The Big Trees Tour of Yosemite's Mariposa Grove

Put on the headphones and prepare to marvel at mega sequoias. Read »

Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Here Come the Yosemite Waterfalls

Here Come the Yosemite Waterfalls

Springtime is the right time to marvel before these powerful wonders. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Driving the Majestic Mountain Loop

Driving the Majestic Mountain Loop

Eager to get back into the mountains, sans chains? Spring is coming. 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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