Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zoo Behind-the-Scenes: The Weighing of a Joey

Zoo Behind-the-Scenes: The Weighing of a Joey

San Diego Zoo staffers employ a nifty trick to measure the youngster's heft. Read »

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Berry Bevy: California Strawberry Festival

Berry Bevy: California Strawberry Festival

How much pie can you eat in a very intense and short period of time? Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Car-Free Fun at Santa Barbara's Earth Day

Car-Free Fun at Santa Barbara's Earth Day

Hop a train to one of the oldest of the eco-nice bashes and maybe win a prize. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 6:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Landmark Hotel's New Pet-Ready Programs

A Landmark Hotel's New Pet-Ready Programs

Traveling with a particular pal? They'll get arf-worthy additions, at the Del. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Photographer's Special: The Skunk Train

Photographer's Special: The Skunk Train

Want the on-the-move superstar to stand still for a second? You're in luck. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Got a Garlic Recipe? Get It Into the Big Fest

Got a Garlic Recipe? Get It Into the Big Fest

Gilroy readies for its spicy sizzle, and the cook-offs are on. Read »

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 6:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gibbon Conservation Center Welcomes Baby Surprise

Gibbon Conservation Center Welcomes Baby Surprise

Mom Tuk delivered a baby girl at the Santa Clarita primates preserve. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Easter Around the City by the Bay

Easter Around the City by the Bay

Posh hotel specials and lively go-outs; where will the Big Bunny lead you? Read »

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rockin' Rockabilly Summit: Viva Las Vegas

Rockin' Rockabilly Summit: Viva Las Vegas

Prepare for the beauty of Brylcreemed hair, hot rods, and slick tunes. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Beachy Breezes: California Wine Festival

Beachy Breezes: California Wine Festival

The two-stop sip scene lands in Dana Point at the end of April. 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.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She 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.
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