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Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Insect Festival 2012

Insect Festival 2012

The San Diego Botanic Garden celebrates bugs, bees, and beyond. Read »

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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Botanic Garden Fairy Festival

Botanic Garden Fairy Festival

The San Diego Botanic Garden welcomes winged revelers, big and small. Read »

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Encinitas Chocolate Festival

Encinitas Chocolate Festival

Your mom have a sweet tooth and love her garden walks? San Diego Botanic Gardens might have your perfect holiday outing. Read »

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Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Botanic Garden Valentine's Day

Botanic Garden Valentine's Day

Love nature and want a more unusual Valentine's Day? Get to Encinitas. Read »

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Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Garden of Lights 2011

Garden of Lights 2011

Stroll the San Diego Botanic Gardens after dusk; oohs and ahhs optional but encouraged. Read »

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Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Botanic Garden Chocolate Festival

Botanic Garden Chocolate Festival

The San Diego Botanic Garden is spotlighting sweets. Read »

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Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 7:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Encinitas Garden Festival

Encinitas Garden Festival

The sweet, Shangri-La-esque community is opening a lot of its gates for visitors over one bloomy Saturday. Read »

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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 »

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.