Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kid-Nice San Diego Museums Deal

Kid-Nice San Diego Museums Deal

Three dozen museums will waive admission for the tots. Read »

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tiki Oasis

Tiki Oasis

Take a time machine back forty or so years, to a more fabulous fantasy place, in San Diego. Read »

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Butterfly Jungle Opens

Butterfly Jungle Opens

How many winged beauties will land on your head? Read »

Saturday, Jan 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Duo of Dine-Out Deals

A Duo of Dine-Out Deals

It's nearly Restaurant Week to north and south. Here's what's on the menu. Read »

Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pandas in HD

Pandas in HD

Gotta have your panda but can't make it to the San Diego Zoo? Your world just got better. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Holiday Hotel Perk: The In-Room Christmas Tree

Holiday Hotel Perk: The In-Room Christmas Tree

The Omni San Diego will deliver a fir to your floor. Read »

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Festival of Flight

Festival of Flight

Feathery wonders are the stars of the San Diego Zoo's winged weekend. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Haunting the Whaley House

Haunting the Whaley House

San Diego's own Whaley House is said to be haunted. Here are the house's Halloween happenings. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 8:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel del's Spooky Contest

Hotel del's Spooky Contest

Want to spend a Halloween weekend night at one of California's most atmospheric inns? Read »

Sunday, Sep 18, 2011 at 8:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Six Days, 180 Restaurants

Six Days, 180 Restaurants

In San Diego soon? Game to eat someplace new? You can, and for a song, too. 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.