Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Kids Free October: Amtrak Deal

San Diego Kids Free October: Amtrak Deal

Loads (and loads and loads) of museums'll be free for tots; so how 'bout the ride down? Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Warhol Cocktails: The Campbell's Soup Bloody Mary

Warhol Cocktails: The Campbell's Soup Bloody Mary

The San Diego Museum of Art raises a toast to its new "Gauguin to Warhol" exhibit. Read »

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 8:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Furry Cute-a-tude: San Diego Cheetah Sisters

Furry Cute-a-tude: San Diego Cheetah Sisters

The Safari Park cubs will soon mark their first month. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Escondido Fundraiser: World Rhino Day

Escondido Fundraiser: World Rhino Day

A raffle and auction and rhino-sweet facts reign at a San Diego Zoo Safari Park to-do. Read »

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 8:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

180+ Restaurants: San Diego Restaurant Week

180+ Restaurants: San Diego Restaurant Week

You love the beer, the bacon, and the Sriracha. How about the city's wider restaurant scene? Read »

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Spicy: Sriracha Festival

San Diego Spicy: Sriracha Festival

Do you use the caliente condiment on everything? 'Fess up, then eat up. Read »

Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego October: Free Admission for Kids at 30+ Museums

San Diego October: Free Admission for Kids at 30+ Museums

It's year four for the much-attended month-long promotion. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bacon, Brews, and San Diego

Bacon, Brews, and San Diego

It's a soiree with sizzle. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and more cool people party, retro-style. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coronado Ups the "Oz"

Coronado Ups the

Shops along the island's main thoroughfare pay tribute to Baum's fantasy work. 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.