Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fine Dining, Snowflakes, and a Famous Lodge

Fine Dining, Snowflakes, and a Famous Lodge

The Ahwahnee Chefs' Holidays gather together over two dozen top toques. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ye Olde Bracebridge Dinners

Ye Olde Bracebridge Dinners

The Yosemite tradition is nigh; best make merry (and make reservations). Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 6:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Less Car, More Yosemite

Less Car, More Yosemite

A Sierra-based shuttle begins its daily service. Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bike a National Park by Full Moon

Bike a National Park by Full Moon

Take in Yosemite on two wheels. Your light? Our lunar satellite. Read »

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ride a Yosemite-Close Train by Moonlight

Ride a Yosemite-Close Train by Moonlight

A vintage train sets off after dark. Intrigued? Read »

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 »

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.