Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Comic-Con Road Cuisine: Eating Your Way There

Comic-Con Road Cuisine: Eating Your Way There

Where will you stop for a nosh along the 5? Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 6:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bee There: Comic-Con International

Bee There: Comic-Con International

The solar system's biggest pop con phenom sets up shop in San Diego. Read »

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 6:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kooky Craft Brew: Super Hero Beer Fest

Kooky Craft Brew: Super Hero Beer Fest

Shiny tights? Yep. Foamy suds? Yep. Read »

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Comic-Con Superhero Beer Festival

Comic-Con Superhero Beer Festival

Capes on for craft beer goodness. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Comic-Con: Time to Think Costume

The planet's most mega pop culture extravaganza is just ahead in San Diego. How's... See Full Gallery »

Sunday, Jul 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Comic-Con 2012

Comic-Con 2012

Who are you seeing? Where are you staying? What are you wearing? Read »

Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

WonderCon 2012

WonderCon 2012

Need a taste of pop-culture-y goodness before July? Make for Anaheim. Read »

Friday, Jul 22, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Wants Your Con Pics

San Diego Wants Your Con Pics

Have a snapshot that kind of sums up the zany-zing of Comic-Con? A prize could be in your future. 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.