Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Whales, Ahoy! San Diego's Sea-Sweet Shindig

Whales, Ahoy! San Diego's Sea-Sweet Shindig

The whale parties are on the way, and the Big Bay is one of the first fests. Read »

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

BEERology at the Museum of Man

BEERology at the Museum of Man

A history-soaked exhibit considers the marvels of the brew. Plus? Tastings are on tap, too. Read »

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

157 Pounds of Newborn Giraffe Love

157 Pounds of Newborn Giraffe Love

The San Diego Zoo says hello to the 157-pound newborn. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 at 6:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Panda Cuddling a Ball: Most-Watched Zoo Videos

Panda Cuddling a Ball: Most-Watched Zoo Videos

The San Diego Zoo shares its most watched videos of the year. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot 2014: San Diego International Auto Show

Hot 2014: San Diego International Auto Show

Gleaming cars and fancy fenders? They'll vroom-vroom in the new year. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Unusual Ice Rinks of the Golden State

Unusual Ice Rinks of the Golden State

Twirl near Half Dome or try a couples' skate near the ocean. Read »

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 »

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.