Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Ready for this year's outlandish batch of edibles? Read »

Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

Dig the television show and all that hands-on science? Head for Santa Ana. Read »

Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Beers of Orange County (and Beyond)

The Beers of Orange County (and Beyond)

Fullerton foams and Orange sips'll make a sunny day showing. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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By Becky Stickney

Getting the Message in Laguna Beach

Getting the Message in Laguna Beach

Organizers want to create the most positive event in the history of Orange County. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bubblefest: One POP-ular Show

Bubblefest: One POP-ular Show

Is soap supernatural? Practically. See magic made in Santa Ana. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sip Stars: Orange County Cocktail Week

Sip Stars: Orange County Cocktail Week

Fresh bevs, swanky scenes, and pairings aplenty are highlights. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Science, with a Side of Ick, in Santa Ana

Science, with a Side of Ick, in Santa Ana

A "disgusting" exhibit at the Discover Science Center has kids laughing (and learning). Read »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

100+ Savory Choices: OC Restaurant Week

100+ Savory Choices: OC Restaurant Week

Prix fixe finds and special events dot the county with deliciousness. Read »

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer Calling: Here Come the OC Fair Concerts

Summer Calling: Here Come the OC Fair Concerts

Call it a breath of summery relaxation in the wintertime. Read »

Friday, Dec 27, 2013 at 5:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Balloon Drop: Noon Year's Eve

OC Balloon Drop: Noon Year's Eve

The Discovery Science Center hosts a daylight bash, hooray! 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.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

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

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

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

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She 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.