Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Koalas Behind the Scenes: A New San Diego Zoo Tour

Koalas Behind the Scenes: A New San Diego Zoo Tour

See keepers prepare the marsupials' meals and visit the "bachelor pad." Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Gem: Thursday Night VillageFest

Palm Springs Gem: Thursday Night VillageFest

What it is about: Beautiful sunsets, easy strolling, and food purveyors galore. Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 90th, Old Spanish Days

Happy 90th, Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's historic summertime festival brims with parades, mercados. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Recycled Wear: Festival Runway Fashion Show

Recycled Wear: Festival Runway Fashion Show

"Reclaimed, reused, or recycled material" takes the centerstage, in Laguna Beach. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

104 Celebrities: Sin City's "Star Trek" Con

104 Celebrities: Sin City's

William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew are both due at huge Vegas beam-up. Read »

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ocean Breezes and Midway Rides: Ventura County Fair

Ocean Breezes and Midway Rides: Ventura County Fair

The Pacific-close charmer sets up the Ferris wheel, fried food booths. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Magical Road Trip: Disney Fanniversary Celebration

Magical Road Trip: Disney Fanniversary Celebration

The traveling event puts the spotlight on classic favorites galore. Read »

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Icon: Name the Condor Chick

California Icon: Name the Condor Chick

The San Diego Zoo has opened the voting to all bird buffs. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel Del's Comic-Con Cocktails

Hotel Del's Comic-Con Cocktails

The Coronado landmark raises a pop culture toast to convention goers. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Comic-Con Canines: Adopt a Superhero Dog

Comic-Con Canines: Adopt a Superhero Dog

The Helen Woodward Animal Center visits the San Diego convention with pups in tow. 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.

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.