Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"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, 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 »

Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Loggerhead in Monterey

A Loggerhead in Monterey

The aquarium gets a very special, very wee new resident. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Aquariums have never been able to keep Crown Jellies, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium found a way. Read »

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Jellies Galore

Jellies Galore

The most alien of the underwater creatures gets a new exhibit in Monterey. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey's Sea Otter Rescue

Monterey's Sea Otter Rescue

A rescued pup joins the Sea Otter Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gift (Card) of the Sea

Gift (Card) of the Sea

Your pal loves Monterey Bay Aquarium? Here's her next birthday present. Read »

Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Shark Days

Monterey Shark Days

Sharks swim at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and people who love sharks come to learn all about them. 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.