Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

County Fair Time in Del Mar

County Fair Time in Del Mar

"Race to the Fair" is the 2011 theme for the San Diego County Fair. Read »

Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Play Days at the San Diego Zoo

Play Days at the San Diego Zoo

Some "23 different animal experiences" are part of this April to-do. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 at 7:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Science Festival

San Diego Science Festival

"It's the largest celebration of science on the West Coast," and it is headed for Petco Park. Read »

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Long Weekend San Diego

Long Weekend San Diego

San Diego Museum Month has just over a week to go. Read »

Friday, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Centennial of Naval Aviation

Centennial of Naval Aviation

Dozens of planes from different decades will fly over San Diego. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 1:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mmm, Beer-Crust Pizza

Mmm, Beer-Crust Pizza

San Diego is rounding up some of its hoppiest spots. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sunset Valentine's Day Stroll

Sunset Valentine's Day Stroll

Forgo the usual dinner for sauntering among the succulents. Read »

Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Brew with a View

Brew with a View

The Omni San Diego has tapped into a great package idea. Read »

Thursday, Dec 16, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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By Britt Peterson

A New Craze for Maize

A New Craze for Maize

San Diego is getting pretty "corny" these days, but we don't mind it. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival

Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival

Get moving in San Diego over the holiday weekend. 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.