Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Koalas Behind the Scenes: A New San Diego Zoo Tour

Koalas Behind the Scenes: A New San Diego Zoo Tour

See keepers prepare the marsupials' meals and visit the "bachelor pad." Read »

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Icon: Name the Condor Chick

California Icon: Name the Condor Chick

The San Diego Zoo has opened the voting to all bird buffs. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Magical Road Trip: Disney Fanniversary Celebration

Magical Road Trip: Disney Fanniversary Celebration

The traveling event puts the spotlight on classic favorites galore. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel Del's Comic-Con Cocktails

Hotel Del's Comic-Con Cocktails

The Coronado landmark raises a pop culture toast to convention goers. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Comic-Con Canines: Adopt a Superhero Dog

Comic-Con Canines: Adopt a Superhero Dog

The Helen Woodward Animal Center visits the San Diego convention with pups in tow. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 6:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bee There: Comic-Con International

Bee There: Comic-Con International

The solar system's biggest pop con phenom sets up shop in San Diego. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Meet Shadow, San Diego Zoo Superstar

Meet Shadow, San Diego Zoo Superstar

The furry lad'll soon be part of the educational staff at Wegeforth Bowl. Read »

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 6:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kooky Craft Brew: Super Hero Beer Fest

Kooky Craft Brew: Super Hero Beer Fest

Shiny tights? Yep. Foamy suds? Yep. Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Good Wave Times: International Surfing Day

Good Wave Times: International Surfing Day

Where will you get salty-of-hair and happy-of-spirit? Read »

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dock & Dine at San Diego's Paradise Point

Dock & Dine at San Diego's Paradise Point

Have a boat? Feeling peckish? Park your vessel and have some lunch. 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.