Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Elvis Honeymoon Weekend

Elvis Honeymoon Weekend

Kingly tunes and a peek at a celebrated Palm Springs abode? It's an annual desert tradition. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Saguaro's Coachella Weekender

The Saguaro's Coachella Weekender

Looking to rock out in the desert? The newest, hue-est Palm Springs getaways has a few stay-over packages left. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Springtime in Palm Springs

Springtime in Palm Springs

Take to desert trails at the Smoke Tree Ranch or make for the Air Museum. Read »

Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 at 8:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Riviera's Vintage 1959 Menu

The Riviera's Vintage 1959 Menu

Love an old-school menu? So does this swanky Palm Springs property. So much so it has a special menu on for February. Read »

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 at 5:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Tram Contest

Palm Springs Tram Contest

Can you guess when winter will wrap near Palm Springs? You could score some free tram tickets. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Palm Springs Getaway

New Palm Springs Getaway

A splashy new hotel is set to make its desert debut. Read »

Saturday, Jan 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Sun, the Stars, and Palm Springs

The Sun, the Stars, and Palm Springs

It's the first of the big California cineparties; celebrities and anticipated screenings are just ahead. Read »

Friday, Jan 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Quintet of Film Festivals

A Quintet of Film Festivals

Our sunny, pool-pretty resort city prepares to kick off the first of many cineparties. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Southland's Surprise Santas

The Southland's Surprise Santas

Like your Santa with a dose of spontaneity? Here are a few spots to see such a thing. Read »

Sunday, Dec 4, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

John Hughes Holiday Songfest

John Hughes Holiday Songfest

Love "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" and other holiday faves? Take the holiday road to Palm Springs. 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.