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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:31 AM
By Alysia Gray Painter

Kinetic Grand Championship: Whimsy Machines

Outlandishly imagined vehicles will roll — and float — in Humboldt County.View gallery »

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:36 AM
By Alysia Gray Painter

Humboldt Offbeat: Grand Kinetic Championship

By land and by water, fanciful machines shall progress, over Memorial Day Weekend.View gallery »

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Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM
By Alysia Gray Painter

See the Unknown Coast by Bike

See the Unknown Coast by Bike

A Humboldt ride is scenic, challenging, and full of oceany vistas. Read »

Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM
By Alysia Gray Painter

Meet the Humboldt Honey, One Very Tall Maple

Meet the Humboldt Honey, One Very Tall Maple

The huge maple tree is believed to be the world's tallest. Read »

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


Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.


Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.


People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.


From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.


Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

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.