Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Britt Peterson

The World's First-Ever Motel

The World's First-Ever Motel

Let your mind wander back to the days of yore, when life was simple and an overnight stay was just under two bucks. Read »

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oil Lamp Tours at the Whaley House

Oil Lamp Tours at the Whaley House

The flickery walk-arounds are just one part of the landmark's October calendar. Read »

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

Night Party at Cali's Tallest Lighthouse

Night Party at Cali's Tallest Lighthouse

It is a night party, and a light party, too. Read »

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

Finding The MAiZE Around California

Finding The MAiZE Around California

The seasonal cornfield attraction boasts eight Golden State locations. Read »

Thursday, Sep 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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By Brittany Peterson

Tacos and Surf-work

Tacos and Surf-work

Craving something that screams "San Diego?" Stop in here and you'll find it. Read »

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

Oktoberfest-Adjacent Dachshund Races

Oktoberfest-Adjacent Dachshund Races

Get the woof-woof on the Huntington Beach barker rallies. Read »

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

World's Lowest Golf Course

World's Lowest Golf Course

Fall will soon come to Furnace Creek, and its historic course. Read »

Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 at 6:41 AM
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By Britt Peterson

Old School Cafe 101

Old School Cafe 101

If you find yourself hungry along Highway 101, make this your rest stop. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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By Brittany Peterson

Follow the Neon Lights

Follow the Neon Lights

Bright idea: Add some excitement to your road trip by stopping here. Read »

Monday, Sep 13, 2010 at 7:25 AM
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By Becky Stickney

Road Trip to the Desert

Road Trip to the Desert

Getting away to the desert? Check out this stop in Borrego Springs. 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.