Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Cute: A Zoo Star in the Making

San Diego Cute: A Zoo Star in the Making

The orangutan baby's mom has been giving her "a gentle push" onto the ropes. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Art-Flower Mash-Up

San Diego Art-Flower Mash-Up

Bouquet designers pay homage to great paintings and sculptures. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Holiday: Jungle Bells

San Diego Holiday: Jungle Bells

The San Diego Zoo's end-of-the-year rrowr is in full effect. Read »

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Butterfly Jungle Opens

Butterfly Jungle Opens

How many winged beauties will land on your head? Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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By Becky Stickney

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley

Where in Death Valley you can find men of mystery and underground tunnels. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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By Becky Stickney

Experience the Finer Things

Experience the Finer Things

With some planning, a staycation or weekend getaway can be like living the life of luxury. Read »

Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pandas in HD

Pandas in HD

Gotta have your panda but can't make it to the San Diego Zoo? Your world just got better. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Becky Stickney

December in the Desert

December in the Desert

When winter rolls around, some San Diego residents take some time to explore the desert. Read »

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Festival of Flight

Festival of Flight

Feathery wonders are the stars of the San Diego Zoo's winged weekend. Read »

Sunday, Sep 18, 2011 at 8:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Six Days, 180 Restaurants

Six Days, 180 Restaurants

In San Diego soon? Game to eat someplace new? You can, and for a song, too. 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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