Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dust to Dust Star Party

Dust to Dust Star Party

What do the stars hold for 2012? We don't know, but we can admire them just the same. Read »

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wuksachi in Winter

Wuksachi in Winter

Sweet on the sequoias in the snow? The park's big lodge has a special on. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Valley Inn's Serenity Season

Ojai Valley Inn's Serenity Season

Bliss out (instead of stress out) in Ojai. Read »

Sunday, Dec 4, 2011 at 9:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Swim in the New Year

Swim in the New Year

Borrego Springs Resort throws a New Year's Eve party. We'll be doing laps in the morning. Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Is your shopping done? Want to skip the early-morning lines? Grab a boat and head west. Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pie + Family + Booze

Pie + Family + Booze

The Hotel Palomar offers a holiday-sweet deal. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM
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By Becky Stickney

Happy 101st Birthday Grant Hotel

Happy 101st Birthday Grant Hotel

Forget what you get a 101-year-old hotel, it's what YOU get that's exciting in this offer. Read »

Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 at 6:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

20 Days, Your Way

20 Days, Your Way

You could win 20 free nights -- yep, 20 -- at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. 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 »

Monday, Sep 5, 2011 at 6:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mammoth's Leaf Peeper Deals

Mammoth's Leaf Peeper Deals

Hot to see some mountain-y foliage? There are ways (and ways to save money, too). 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.