Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Culinary Stars Make for The Ahwahnee

Culinary Stars Make for The Ahwahnee

The starry (and tasty) Chefs Holidays prepare for lift-off. Read »

Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Yosemite Under the Tree

Yosemite Under the Tree

Have a person in your life who loves the national park? There are gifts. Read »

Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Skating at Yosemite's Famous Ice Rink

Skating at Yosemite's Famous Ice Rink

Take a chilly twirl in a truly epic setting. Read »

Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wawona Hiker Package

Wawona Hiker Package

A sequoia-close landmark again offers a popular strut-about deal. Read »

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

High Sierra Camps Opening Dates

High Sierra Camps Opening Dates

Have you been putting "getting away from it all" off? Stop that. 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.