Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Early Look: The New LEGOLAND Hotel

The theme park gets its first hotel; colorful rooms and themed adventures are the... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat

LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat

The costume-up party nights open at the Carlsbad theme park. Read »

Friday, Dec 9, 2011 at 6:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Holidays in Legoland

The Holidays in Legoland

Do the bricks outnumber the lights? Find out in 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, Jul 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego, Beyond the Con

San Diego, Beyond the Con

If you need a breather from the panels and booths, take a look at five other things going down around town. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 at 6:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

STAR WARS LEGO Miniland Now Landing

STAR WARS LEGO Miniland Now Landing

Whoa. *How* many bricks are in that "Clone Wars" scene? Read »

Friday, Feb 11, 2011 at 3:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Star Wars" at LEGOLAND

"The Clone Wars" scene alone will have 1.5 million LEGOS. Serious. 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.