Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mud Mania at Rancho Los Cerritos

Mud Mania at Rancho Los Cerritos

The historic abode gets messy, has fun while teaching about adobe. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coming Attractions, Stage-Style: Segerstrom Sneak Preview

Coming Attractions, Stage-Style: Segerstrom Sneak Preview

Eager for the coming season at the Costa Mesa culture-cool favorite? Read »

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hounds Hit the H20: Surf Dog

Hounds Hit the H20: Surf Dog

The surf-a-thon hangs twenty in Del Mar, to help pups in need. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Westerns Rule the Lone Pine Film Festival

Westerns Rule the Lone Pine Film Festival

The Alabama Hills-close town fetes the genre it helped make famous. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Feast: PigOut 3.0

OC Feast: PigOut 3.0

The Templeton Rye Heritage Pork Project calls upon Costa Mesa. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Francisco Remembers: Robin Williams Mini Film Fest

San Francisco Remembers: Robin Williams Mini Film Fest

Three films and his last HBO comedy special will roll, back-to-back. Read »

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 10:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Headed for SoCal: California Beer Festival

Headed for SoCal: California Beer Festival

The traveling suds show turns southward, with local craft favorites in tow. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Car Week: Monterey's Got the Gleam

Car Week: Monterey's Got the Gleam

Maserati, Ruxton, and Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa are three of the shiny stars. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Good Vibes Up the Mountain: Idyllwild Jazz Fest

Good Vibes Up the Mountain: Idyllwild Jazz Fest

The two-day sound party is all about higher elevations, fine vibrations. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and more cool people party, retro-style. 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.