Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Feathered Friends Weekend

Feathered Friends Weekend

Meet a blackfooted penguin and Laysan albatross at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read »

Sunday, Oct 30, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Bay Aquarium's B-Movie Halloween

Monterey Bay Aquarium's B-Movie Halloween

The watery destination offers some cheeky e-cards. Watch out for Vampire Squid! Read »

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fiesta del Mar

Fiesta del Mar

It's the Monterey Bay Aquarium's annual Latin American cultural festival. Ocean conservation is a theme of the day. Read »

Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 9:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Bay Aquarium Welcomes Great White

Monterey Bay Aquarium Welcomes Great White

A young shark goes temporarily on exhibit. Want to see him? Get to Monterey and quick. Read »

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Otter Days

Otter Days

Monterey Bay Aquarium is turning a whole weekend over to some of its whiskeriest denizens. Read »

Friday, Jul 1, 2011 at 8:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Opening of Open Sea

The Opening of Open Sea

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's refreshed Outer Bay galleries get a new look. And maybe a young great white shark, too. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Underwater Explorers Program

Underwater Explorers Program

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is suiting up young visitors for an immersive experience. Read »

Monday, May 30, 2011 at 8:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Drifters Galleries Reopen

Drifters Galleries Reopen

Those popular jellies and nettles are back, just in time for summer. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 9:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

World Oceans Day in Monterey

World Oceans Day in Monterey

Monterey Bay Aquarium honors our waters with a host of weekend activities. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spring Sleepover at the Aquarium

Spring Sleepover at the Aquarium

Sharks and jellies don't need sleeping bags, but they'll be nearby. 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.