Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Nov 4, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Birdies Below Sea Level

Birdies Below Sea Level

The Inn at Furnace Creek recently reopened for the season, meaning duffers can take to one very famous green. Read »

Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 7:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Furnace Creek Inn Reopening Special

Furnace Creek Inn Reopening Special

The Death Valley landmark prepares to open for its 84th year. Read »

Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

What's Beneath Scotty's Castle

What's Beneath Scotty's Castle

If you're headed for Death Valley this summer, you can chill out underground. Read »

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

Clip-Clopping in Death Valley

Clip-Clopping in Death Valley

The Furnace Creek stables offer one- and two-hour guided trail rides. Giddy up, indeed. Read »

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

A Desert Landmark Reopens for Winter

A Desert Landmark Reopens for Winter

Temps are cooling off, which means the Furnace (Creek Inn) is heating up for the season. 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.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

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

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has 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.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.
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