Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and more cool people party, retro-style. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coronado Ups the "Oz"

Coronado Ups the

Shops along the island's main thoroughfare pay tribute to Baum's fantasy work. Read »

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 »

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 »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Meet Shadow, San Diego Zoo Superstar

Meet Shadow, San Diego Zoo Superstar

The furry lad'll soon be part of the educational staff at Wegeforth Bowl. Read »

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 »

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.