Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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By Becky Stickney

Experience the Finer Things

Experience the Finer Things

With some planning, a staycation or weekend getaway can be like living the life of luxury. 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 »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Becky Stickney

December in the Desert

December in the Desert

When winter rolls around, some San Diego residents take some time to explore the desert. 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 »

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 »

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM
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By Becky Stickney

The Carlsbad We Know and Love

Some of the best images we've received from users of Carlsbad, north of San Dieg... See Full Gallery »

Sunday, Jul 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Doggie Street Festival

Doggie Street Festival

Adoptions and barkly love'll go down at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Park. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Spirits Festival

San Diego Spirits Festival

It's the third go-around for this tasty brew. There's a Bartender Battle, too. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

This Week at the Fair

This Week at the Fair

We're at the halfway point of the San Diego County Fair. Read »

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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By Annalisa Guidone

Park the Car, Sail to Catalina

Park the Car, Sail to Catalina

This summer, partake in the activities of a tall ship as you sail to Catalina Island. 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.