Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Shark Days in Monterey

The Monterey Bay Aquarium fetes its toothiest denizens. See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Loggerhead in Monterey

A Loggerhead in Monterey

The aquarium gets a very special, very wee new resident. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Bay Jellyfish Jamboree

Monterey Bay Jellyfish Jamboree

The aquarium's most ethereal visitors get their own weekend-long party. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Aquariums have never been able to keep Crown Jellies, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium found a way. Read »

Sunday, Apr 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Aquarium-Style April Fools

Aquarium-Style April Fools

Is there a Plesiosaurus swimming at one our country's most famous ocean institutes? Read »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Jelly Fish in the Museum

Jelly Fish in the Museum

Can't get enough of the ocean's most diaphanous creatures? Monterey's got a double dose of goodness for your jelly jonesing. Read »

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Jellies Galore

Jellies Galore

The most alien of the underwater creatures gets a new exhibit in Monterey. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey's Sea Otter Rescue

Monterey's Sea Otter Rescue

A rescued pup joins the Sea Otter Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gift (Card) of the Sea

Gift (Card) of the Sea

Your pal loves Monterey Bay Aquarium? Here's her next birthday present. Read »

Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Shark Days

Monterey Shark Days

Sharks swim at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and people who love sharks come to learn all about them. Read »

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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.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

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

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals, warmer weather -- yes, there are reasons to head south.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visitng Shamu at Sea World.

BAY'S BEST

Culture, wine, boating, hiking, beachcombing, museums. You don't have to drive far to get away.