Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

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 »

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Holiday: Jungle Bells

San Diego Holiday: Jungle Bells

The San Diego Zoo's end-of-the-year rrowr is in full effect. Read »

Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pirouettes by the Pacific

Pirouettes by the Pacific

An especially picturesque ice rink is set to open in Coronado. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Very Crafty: San Diego Beer Week

Very Crafty: San Diego Beer Week

The city is a star in the foam world; suds fans'll gather to find the best. Read »

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Naming the San Diego Panda

Naming the San Diego Panda

Have a great idea for a name for the famous panda cub? Submit it. Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Allegiance" -- A New American Musical

A new musical, filled with history and emotion, is unveiled in San Diego. Read »

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 7:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Famous Hotel, Famous Ghost

Famous Hotel, Famous Ghost

The Hotel del Coronado throws an elegant Halloween soiree. 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.