Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spirited San Diego: Looking for the Famous Del Ghost

Spirited San Diego: Looking for the Famous Del Ghost

The hotel's ghost is so celebrated she is known by her name: Kate Morgan. Read »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Zoo's Sloth Baby Gets a Name

San Diego Zoo's Sloth Baby Gets a Name

Why yes, the cutie-patootie is in fact named Xena. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Squeal, Then Weigh In: Baby Sloth Name

Squeal, Then Weigh In: Baby Sloth Name

The San Diego Zoo needs your two cents in naming a female sloth. Read »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego's Money-Savingest Month: Kids Free October

San Diego's Money-Savingest Month: Kids Free October

Over 35 museums will waive admission for children; other attractions are part of the deal, too. Read »

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sweet Snow Day for the San Diego Pandas

Sweet Snow Day for the San Diego Pandas

Some 30,000 pounds of the cold stuff drifted into Panda Canyon. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vintage Cool San Diego: Tiki Oasis

Vintage Cool San Diego: Tiki Oasis

The B-Stars and a bevy of vintage-y performers'll fill the party weekend. Read »

Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Holiday Photos: Hotel Del Coronado Contest

Holiday Photos: Hotel Del Coronado Contest

Have a festive photo from a stay at the swank landmark? You could win another stay Read »

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

First Birthday: San Diego Zoo Panda Cub Turns One

First Birthday: San Diego Zoo Panda Cub Turns One

Xiao Liwu will get an ice cake and a birthday party to boot. Read »

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Spirits of San Diego

The Spirits of San Diego

True, the city is said to have its haunts, but this party is all about sips. 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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