Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pumpkinliner Takes to the Rails

Pumpkinliner Takes to the Rails

The Fillmore & Western's annual October train is set to chugga-chugga. Read »

Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

In Search of the Headless Horseman

In Search of the Headless Horseman

The Fillmore & Western Railway debuts its second spooky train; the Pumpkinliner is already chug-chug-chugging. Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2011 at 7:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Trains, BBQ, and Dad's Day

Trains, BBQ, and Dad's Day

Board the Fillmore & Western for a toot-toot through Heritage Valley. Read »

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Easter Eggs and Big Trains

Easter Eggs and Big Trains

Several Southern California trains will be celebrating Easter with holiday-nice activities. Read »

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

Look Who's Riding the Catalina Zip Line

Look Who's Riding the Catalina Zip Line

Santa is trying out the offbeat conveyances around SoCal. Read »

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

Headless Horseman Train (with Lasers!)

Headless Horseman Train (with Lasers!)

A seasonal Fillmore run recalls Ichabod, with a touch of tech. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

North Pole Express Tickets Go on Sale

North Pole Express Tickets Go on Sale

You don't need to ho ho ho just yet, but you can make your ho ho ho-ing plans now. 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.

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.