Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

45th Annual Sawdust Art Festival

45th Annual Sawdust Art Festival

The Laguna Beach summertime tradition prepares to open for another season. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 9:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summertime at Crystal Cave

Summertime at Crystal Cave

The Sequoia National Park wonder is only open a few months of the year. Read »

Friday, Jun 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 10th, Skytrail

Happy 10th, Skytrail

The lofty ride at the Trees of Mystery turns 10. And longer summer hours begin, too. Read »

Monday, May 9, 2011 at 6:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterfalls and Rainbows

Waterfalls and Rainbows

Word from Yosemite is that both wonders are in full fantastic force. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 7:44 AM
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By Becky Stickney

Olive Oil in Our Backyard

Olive Oil in Our Backyard

An invite to taste samples for free? Sign us up! Read »

Saturday, Apr 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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By Becky Stickney

More Than Cacti

More Than Cacti

A new exhibit and a special party await you in the desert. Read »

Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 at 8:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bring On the Ranunculus!

Bring On the Ranunculus!

Opening day for the Flower Fields is Tuesday, March 1. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Horsetail Fall's "Firefall"

Horsetail Fall's

A famous Yosemite landmark is having its most famous fortnight. Read »

Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Valentine's Spa Time at Madonna Inn

Valentine's Spa Time at Madonna Inn

The landmark hotel, famed for its lovey rooms, has a massage special on. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Valentine's Dinner Above Palm Springs

Valentine's Dinner Above Palm Springs

"The world's largest rotating tramway" is taking on the world's most famous love day. 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.