Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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, 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 »

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Yosemite HD

Yosemite HD

It's nearly National Park Week. Here's a new time-lapse film to get you pumped for all of that free admission. Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2012 at 6:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Stow Cash, National Park It Up

Stow Cash, National Park It Up

The entry fee-charging national parks will waive admission over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Read »

Monday, May 9, 2011 at 6:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterfalls and Rainbows

Waterfalls and Rainbows

Word from Yosemite is that both wonders are in full fantastic force. Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountains, Sky, Serenity: National Park Week

Mountains, Sky, Serenity: National Park Week

Dozens of national parks will be waiving entrance fees for just over a week. Read »

Friday, Oct 1, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 120th, Yosemite!

Happy 120th, Yosemite!

California's venerable national park hits a milestone. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vintners' Holidays

Vintners' Holidays

Eight wine-tasting sessions. One storied setting. 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.