Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wee Roar: Two Lion Cubs Born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Wee Roar: Two Lion Cubs Born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Oshana gave birth to a female and male. Coming soon? The public debut. Read »

Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Skate: Fall on Your Ice

San Diego Skate: Fall on Your Ice

A grown-up getaway takes on a dash of wintry giggles. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Year-Closer: Huge Inflatables on Parade

San Diego Year-Closer: Huge Inflatables on Parade

A Holiday Bowl tradition takes to the streets (literally). Read »

Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Staying the Day (and Not the Night) at the Del

Staying the Day (and Not the Night) at the Del

Enjoy the pleasures of the season, even if you haven't booked a room. Read »

Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 7:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Baby Orangutan Makes Zoo Debut

Baby Orangutan Makes Zoo Debut

The infant is two weeks old and lives at the San Diego Zoo. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Cemeteries of the Golden State

Historic Cemeteries of the Golden State

San Diego and Los Angeles both made a Weather Channel list. Read »

Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 8:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ghost Night: Lantern Tour or Historic House Visit

Ghost Night: Lantern Tour or Historic House Visit

Head for Silver City or San Diego for a different sort of October 31. Read »

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Only U.S. Zoo to See Tasmanian Devils: San Diego

Only U.S. Zoo to See Tasmanian Devils: San Diego

The furry, big-teethed quartet made their zoo debut on Oct. 24. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Craft Brew Love-In: San Diego Beer Week

Craft Brew Love-In: San Diego Beer Week

The town that's near the top of the hops heap lines up the pint glasses. Read »

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ghosts, History, and the Whaley House

Ghosts, History, and the Whaley House

One of the country's most famous haunted abodes offers October tours. 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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