Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fab Photo Contest: The Flower Fields

Fab Photo Contest: The Flower Fields

Crazy for the colorful Carlsbad destination? Show your bud love. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 6:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Straight Ahead: Carlsbad's Hue-Filled Hillside

Straight Ahead: Carlsbad's Hue-Filled Hillside

The ranunculus -- many, many, many ranunculus -- are on their whimsical way. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Hotels of America (and California)

Historic Hotels of America (and California)

Three Golden State properties join a past-perfect lodging group. Read »

Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bloom Time: Flower Fields

Bloom Time: Flower Fields

Want to see Carlsbad's most colorful sight? It's happening now. Read »

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golf Like the Great Players

Golf Like the Great Players

The Park Hyatt Aviara offers a plush package of golfing goodies. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Early Look: The New LEGOLAND Hotel

The theme park gets its first hotel; colorful rooms and themed adventures are the... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sign of Spring: Flower Fields Set to Open

Sign of Spring: Flower Fields Set to Open

A Carlsbad classic gets ready to wow for another (short) season. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat

LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat

The costume-up party nights open at the Carlsbad theme park. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lompoc in Bloom

Lompoc in Bloom

The Santa Barbara-close town gets plenty of petals 'round the time summer begins. Read »

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

La Costa Memorial Day Deal

La Costa Memorial Day Deal

Dream of being poolside for the long weekend? Best plan now. 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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