Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 6:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Juicy Gathering: Fancy Tomato Time

Juicy Gathering: Fancy Tomato Time

Tomatomania! brings the heirloom magic to salad fans across the state. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Battle of the Beans

The Battle of the Beans

Love your limas? Jump into a tasty cook-off in Encinitas. Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Encinitas Chocolate Festival

Encinitas Chocolate Festival

Your mom have a sweet tooth and love her garden walks? San Diego Botanic Gardens might have your perfect holiday outing. Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Switchfoot Bro-Am

The Switchfoot Bro-Am

The San Diego band holds a surf contest in Encinitas. Read »

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 7:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Encinitas Garden Festival

Encinitas Garden Festival

The sweet, Shangri-La-esque community is opening a lot of its gates for visitors over one bloomy Saturday. 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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