Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Keep Watch, Bird Buffs: Condor Eggs

Keep Watch, Bird Buffs: Condor Eggs

It is nesting season for the gorgeous wonders. Read »

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Aww Alert: Just Two Lion Cubs, Having Their Bottles

Aww Alert: Just Two Lion Cubs, Having Their Bottles

You can view the furry celebs in the Safari Park animal care center. Read »

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Some Like It Hot" Sweetheart Gala

Three guesses as to where this movie-ready bash'll take place. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zebra Baby: Tanu's San Diego Debut

Zebra Baby: Tanu's San Diego Debut

The Grevy's zebra foal, born in early January, has been seen prancing with his mother. Read »

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Whales, Ahoy! San Diego's Sea-Sweet Shindig

Whales, Ahoy! San Diego's Sea-Sweet Shindig

The whale parties are on the way, and the Big Bay is one of the first fests. Read »

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

BEERology at the Museum of Man

BEERology at the Museum of Man

A history-soaked exhibit considers the marvels of the brew. Plus? Tastings are on tap, too. Read »

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

157 Pounds of Newborn Giraffe Love

157 Pounds of Newborn Giraffe Love

The San Diego Zoo says hello to the 157-pound newborn. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 at 6:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Panda Cuddling a Ball: Most-Watched Zoo Videos

Panda Cuddling a Ball: Most-Watched Zoo Videos

The San Diego Zoo shares its most watched videos of the year. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot 2014: San Diego International Auto Show

Hot 2014: San Diego International Auto Show

Gleaming cars and fancy fenders? They'll vroom-vroom in the new year. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Unusual Ice Rinks of the Golden State

Unusual Ice Rinks of the Golden State

Twirl near Half Dome or try a couples' skate near the ocean. Read »

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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.
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