Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Bellagio Welcomes the Year of the Snake

The Bellagio Welcomes the Year of the Snake

The Vegas hotel's conservatory has a marvelous serpent centerpiece. Read »

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Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Sin City Neon-Retro Wedding

A Sin City Neon-Retro Wedding

Looking to do a Valentine's Vegas Wedding? Here's a brightly lit twist. Read »

Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 at 9:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Very Vegas Christmas

The hotels and boulevard have hung the bows and candy canes. How does the glitte... See Full Gallery »

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Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 7:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dress Rat Pack at a Vintage Vegas Bash

Dress Rat Pack at a Vintage Vegas Bash

The new Neon Museum in Las Vegas opens with a '60s-era to-do. Read »

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Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Vegas Nobu Hotel Taking Reservations

New Vegas Nobu Hotel Taking Reservations

The posh tower will officially debut at the beginning of 2013. Read »

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Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sin City's Whimsical Wine Country

Sin City's Whimsical Wine Country

Are they planting vines on The Strip? Well. Sort of? Read »

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Sunday, Sep 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Las Vegas Neon Museum

Las Vegas Neon Museum

The glittery lights of yesteryear will shine again this fall. Read »

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Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rubik's Cube U.S. Nationals

Rubik's Cube U.S. Nationals

Blindfolded? One-handed? The best of the best meet in Las Vegas. Read »

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Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Swanky Sin City Swimming

Swanky Sin City Swimming

Looking for hot pools with excellent extras? Read on. Read »

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Saturday, Jun 9, 2012 at 9:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sin City Summer Escape Packages

Sin City Summer Escape Packages

Headed for Las Vegas? Five Strip hotels are getting their discounts on for the sweltering season. 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.