Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Rare ship visit: The Queen Elizabeth is set to sail by Queen Mary. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary at the Holidays

Queen Mary at the Holidays

An ice rink, ice sculptures, and a grand tree lighting mark a big boat's season. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Grand Prix Time in Long Beach

Grand Prix Time in Long Beach

It's one of the most famous street races in the world; zoom fans'll be out by the thousands. Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bulldog Beauty Contest

Bulldog Beauty Contest

Bulldogs, Frenchies, Pugs, and more'll be strutting in Long Beach. Read »

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Long Beach Whale Cruises

Long Beach Whale Cruises

Hop on a cruise and just maybe spy a killer whale. Read »

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Queen Mary Turns 75

The Queen Mary Turns 75

The famous ocean liner is marking a big birthday with fireworks and festivities. Read »

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

"Laird"ing It Up on the Queen Mary

The big ship's big Scottish Festival is just ahead. There are festival stay-over deals, 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.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has 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.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.