Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Grand Del Mar's Day at the Races Deal

The Grand Del Mar's Day at the Races Deal

The swank resort has a sweet deal for pony fans. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

In Del Mar and Out of This World

In Del Mar and Out of This World

The San Diego County Fair is ready to open, meaning it is officially fair season around SoCal. Read »

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Del Mar's Grand Horse Show

Del Mar's Grand Horse Show

Western Week just opened. Ahead? Dressage Week and Hunter/Jumper Week. Read »

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

High Trolley Time at Casa del Mar

High Trolley Time at Casa del Mar

A holiday favorite heads into a new year. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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By Becky Stickney

Experience the Finer Things

Experience the Finer Things

With some planning, a staycation or weekend getaway can be like living the life of luxury. Read »

Friday, Aug 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cinépolis Debuts in Del Mar

Cinépolis Debuts in Del Mar

The comfy recliners and grown-up beverages are out in force. Read »

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Opening Day at Del Mar

Opening Day at Del Mar

The historic racetrack is set to start a new season. Let the jumping/cheering commence. Read »

Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 7:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Elegant Equestrianism in Del Mar

Elegant Equestrianism in Del Mar

The acclaimed Del Mar National Horse Show opens. Read »

Friday, Feb 11, 2011 at 3:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Car-Free Discounts

Santa Barbara Car-Free Discounts

Take a train, ride the bus or cycle in, and get some excellent deals. 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.