Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Flower Fields Forever

Flower Fields Forever

Our favorite flower name to say -- ranunculus -- makes its splashy return to Carlsbad. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Brick-or-Treating at LEGOLAND

Brick-or-Treating at LEGOLAND

Costumes, fireworks, and other kid-cool high jinks are happening every October Saturday in Carlsbad. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM
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By Becky Stickney

The Carlsbad We Know and Love

Some of the best images we've received from users of Carlsbad, north of San... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

La Costa's Renovation Wraps

La Costa's Renovation Wraps

The Carlsbad resort recently debuted its updated rooms. Read »

Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 at 8:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bring On the Ranunculus!

Bring On the Ranunculus!

Opening day for the Flower Fields is Tuesday, March 1. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sand Traps and Body Wraps Package

Sand Traps and Body Wraps Package

La Costa is offering a deal that covers both nine irons, and ironing out the kinks. 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.