Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Spicy: Sriracha Festival

San Diego Spicy: Sriracha Festival

Do you use the caliente condiment on everything? 'Fess up, then eat up. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bacon, Brews, and San Diego

Bacon, Brews, and San Diego

It's a soiree with sizzle. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and more cool people party, retro-style. Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Koalas Behind the Scenes: A New San Diego Zoo Tour

Koalas Behind the Scenes: A New San Diego Zoo Tour

See keepers prepare the marsupials' meals and visit the "bachelor pad." Read »

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Icon: Name the Condor Chick

California Icon: Name the Condor Chick

The San Diego Zoo has opened the voting to all bird buffs. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Comic-Con Canines: Adopt a Superhero Dog

Comic-Con Canines: Adopt a Superhero Dog

The Helen Woodward Animal Center visits the San Diego convention with pups in tow. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 6:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bee There: Comic-Con International

Bee There: Comic-Con International

The solar system's biggest pop con phenom sets up shop in San Diego. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Meet Shadow, San Diego Zoo Superstar

Meet Shadow, San Diego Zoo Superstar

The furry lad'll soon be part of the educational staff at Wegeforth Bowl. 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 »

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.