Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Here Come the Yosemite Waterfalls

Here Come the Yosemite Waterfalls

Springtime is the right time to marvel before these powerful wonders. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Driving the Majestic Mountain Loop

Driving the Majestic Mountain Loop

Eager to get back into the mountains, sans chains? Spring is coming. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Signs of Death Valley's Springtime

Signs of Death Valley's Springtime

Wildflower watchers will soon turn their attention to the national park. Read »

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Mysterious Death Valley Racetrack

The Mysterious Death Valley Racetrack

Death Valley's strangest sight begs one question: How do those rocks move? Read »

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 »

Sunday, Jan 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Visiting the Newest National Park (It's Here in California)

Visiting the Newest National Park (It's Here in California)

The Hollister-close Pinnacles National Monument has a new designation. Read »

Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spooky Sequoias

Spooky Sequoias

Take an eerie trip to the Sequoia National Park. 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 »

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 7:54 AM
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By Becky Stickney

8 Most Visited National Parks

The top 8 National Parks and just how long it takes to get there from here. See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Going Car-Free in the Sequoias

Going Car-Free in the Sequoias

You long to wend your way through some of the world's most famous trees and not have to drive. That's a real option. 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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