Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Art-Flower Mash-Up

San Diego Art-Flower Mash-Up

Bouquet designers pay homage to great paintings and sculptures. Read »

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Reunited: San Diego Gorilla and Her Baby

Reunited: San Diego Gorilla and Her Baby

The female infant was reintroduced to her mother after surgery. Read »

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zany Times: San Diego Busker Festival

Zany Times: San Diego Busker Festival

Street performers of every ilk and whimsy shall perform at large. Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Egg Hatch Watch: Baby Condor on the Way

Egg Hatch Watch: Baby Condor on the Way

When will a beak pop out? Take a guess, nature lovers. Read »

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Offbeat San Diego Road Trip

Offbeat San Diego Road Trip

Head south in search of adventure, interesting architecture, and model railroads. 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.