Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Del Mar Racing: The Opening Day Hat Contest

How over-the-top is your topper? Best make for Del Mar for Opening Day at the... See Full Gallery »

Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Animals, Rides, Beer: San Diego County Fair

Animals, Rides, Beer: San Diego County Fair

There's that whole bacon extravaganza, too. Yum times ahead... Read »

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

World's Largest InstaMeet: Del Mar Racetrack Goes for Instagram Record

World's Largest InstaMeet: Del Mar Racetrack Goes for Instagram Record

Guinness will be on the grounds as Instagram users gather. Read »

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dogs Will Surf (and Help Other Dogs in Need)

Dogs Will Surf (and Help Other Dogs in Need)

The annual Del Mar party raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Del Mar, Off the Track

The racing season is just a few weeks away, and there's as much happening off the... See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Craft Beer Holiday in Del Mar

Craft Beer Holiday in Del Mar

The San Diego International Beer Festival is a county fair centerpiece. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

On Approach: The Summer County Fairs

On Approach: The Summer County Fairs

The San Diego County Fair gets set for its annual Del Mar debut. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Beautiful Birds of Free Flight

The Beautiful Birds of Free Flight

Parrots and Cockatoos and other fine feathers call the Del Mar sanctuary home Read »

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Small Wineries Tasting in Del Mar

Small Wineries Tasting in Del Mar

Call these vineyards boutique or call them special, just make for Del Mar. Read »

Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Del Mar Summer Concerts

Del Mar Summer Concerts

After the clip-clops subside, the guitars and drums start up. 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.