Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Great White Bids Monterey Farewell

A Great White Bids Monterey Farewell

The young male shark became the Monterey Bay Aquarium's autumn star; now he's off into the Pacific. Read »

Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 9:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Bay Aquarium Welcomes Great White

Monterey Bay Aquarium Welcomes Great White

A young shark goes temporarily on exhibit. Want to see him? Get to Monterey and quick. Read »

Monday, May 30, 2011 at 8:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Drifters Galleries Reopen

Drifters Galleries Reopen

Those popular jellies and nettles are back, just in time for summer. Read »

Monday, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

El Día del Niño

El Día del Niño

It's a festive day at the Santa Barbara Zoo; the Monterey Bay Aquarium is celebrating as well. Read »

Friday, Mar 4, 2011 at 6:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Awww Dept: Penguin Chicks in Monterey

Awww Dept: Penguin Chicks in Monterey

A trio of fuzzy little birdies are now at home at the aquarium. 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.