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 »

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary's Memorial Day Salute

Queen Mary's Memorial Day Salute

Show your military ID, or show in uniform, and get a first-class pass on the big ship. The deal is on for a short time. Read »

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Diana: Legacy of a Princess

Diana: Legacy of a Princess

A new exhibit celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales will open at the Queen Mary. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Scottish Festival

Queen Mary Scottish Festival

Just one of the events just a short car ride away this weekend. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Scotland Celebrated, Queen Mary-Style

Scotland Celebrated, Queen Mary-Style

Sheep-herding, whisky-tasting, and pipes-a-baggin' (or is that bags-a-pipin'?) -- it is nearly time again for the Scottish Festival and Games. Read »

Saturday, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California's Eerie Inns

California's Eerie Inns

The Historic Hotels of America people have rounded up tales from some of the group's spookiest properties. There's one right in Napa. Boo! 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 »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Orleans Nights

New Orleans Nights

The Queen Mary is kicking off a beer/wine pairing series with a tasty trip to the Big Easy. 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 »

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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.
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