Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Opening: Tiger Trail at Safari Park

Opening: Tiger Trail at Safari Park

Get to know the Sumatran Tiger and its majestic world. Read »

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Flavor: Bacon & Barrels

San Diego Flavor: Bacon & Barrels

Spirits and salty strips get the love at this lively eat-and-drink bash. Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pet Day on the Bay: Waggers on the Waves

Pet Day on the Bay: Waggers on the Waves

Dogs and their people head out from San Diego on a special Hornblower cruise. Read »

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Sweet: Mother's Day Sleepover

San Diego Sweet: Mother's Day Sleepover

An offbeat overnight for moms roars at the San Diego Zoo. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 5:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sippin' Suds with the San Diego Brewers Guild

Sippin' Suds with the San Diego Brewers Guild

A springtime celebration fetes the finest foams of the region, in Vista. Read »

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zoo Behind-the-Scenes: The Weighing of a Joey

Zoo Behind-the-Scenes: The Weighing of a Joey

San Diego Zoo staffers employ a nifty trick to measure the youngster's heft. Read »

Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Flavor Among Flowers: Botanic Garden Chocolate Fest

Flavor Among Flowers: Botanic Garden Chocolate Fest

Over a dozen swanky choc-a-lot chefs'll be setting up their finest squares. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Cute: A Zoo Star in the Making

San Diego Cute: A Zoo Star in the Making

The orangutan baby's mom has been giving her "a gentle push" onto the ropes. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Landmark Gets Beachier

San Diego Landmark Gets Beachier

Chaise lounges and fringed umbrellas will debut in time for summer. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

San Diego County Fair and the Queen Mary are about to get salty-sizzly. 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.