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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Wharf Walks: The Story of Squid

Monterey Wharf Walks: The Story of Squid

Amble out on a story-packed stroll, one that considers the town's seafaring history. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Herbie Hancock + Monterey Jazz + Legendary Music

Herbie Hancock + Monterey Jazz + Legendary Music

The last weekend of summer means cool sounds near the Bay. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Car Week: Monterey's Got the Gleam

Car Week: Monterey's Got the Gleam

Maserati, Ruxton, and Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa are three of the shiny stars. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Living Fireworks Show": The Flower Hat Jelly

"Living Fireworks Show": The Flower Hat Jelly

The exquisite creatures are in the news and at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Later Weekend Hours: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Later Weekend Hours: Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Cannery Row favorite'll keep it going longer, for summer. Read »

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Aquarium First: Vampire Squid on Display

Historic Aquarium First: Vampire Squid on Display

The storied creature, and another rare deep-sea find, are in Monterey. Read »

Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Cool: Behind-the-Scenes Octopuses

Monterey Cool: Behind-the-Scenes Octopuses

All over cuttlefishes? Enter a contest to see how an exhibit comes together Read »

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 8:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Water Wonders: Tentacles Exhibit in Monterey

Water Wonders: Tentacles Exhibit in Monterey

Octopuses, Squid, and Cuttlefishes get their moment in a mondo new show. Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tickets on Sale: California Beer Festival

Tickets on Sale: California Beer Festival

One of summer's sudsiest roadshows is in the distance. Read »

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 at 7:32 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cute Cameo: Otter Mom and Pup Visit Tide Pool

Cute Cameo: Otter Mom and Pup Visit Tide Pool

Monterey Bay Aquarium visitors got a special, heart-tugging treat. Read »

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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.
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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.