Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fee-Free Days in the National Parks

Fee-Free Days in the National Parks

The first of the "pay no admission" days of the year is just ahead. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day

It's a fee-free day to give back to our wild spaces; give back and admire them, too. Read »

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

National Parks Say "Thank You" to Veterans

National Parks Say

The parks that charge fees will waive them in honor of Veterans Day Weekend. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Share the Experience Photo Contest

Share the Experience Photo Contest

The National Park Foundation wants your best snapshot. The prize? A national park trip, natch. Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountains, Sky, Serenity: National Park Week

Mountains, Sky, Serenity: National Park Week

Dozens of national parks will be waiving entrance fees for just over a week. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Park Entrance on Veterans Day

Free Park Entrance on Veterans Day

The National Parks honor veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11. Read »

Friday, Sep 24, 2010 at 6:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Park Visits for Public Lands Day

Free Park Visits for Public Lands Day

The National Park Service is waiving admission on Saturday, Sept. 25. 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.