Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

From Disney to Cal Expo: Iconic California Sign Goes Up

From Disney to Cal Expo: Iconic California Sign Goes Up

The mondo letters front the Sacramento destination, just in time for the state fair. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

An "Incredible" Costume Contest in Anaheim

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Dress up for D23 and maybe snag a trophy featuring Edna Mode. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spend 24 Straight Hours at Disneyland

Spend 24 Straight Hours at Disneyland

The Anaheim theme park will be open for a full 24 hours. Read »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Food, Dance, Tradition: Orange County Greek Festival

Food, Dance, Tradition: Orange County Greek Festival

Have your ouzo and spanokopita at this food-filled celebration. Read »

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Disneyland Tour for Greenery Buffs

A Disneyland Tour for Greenery Buffs

Is your favorite part of Disneyland the landscaping? There's a tour for you. Read »

Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Flowery Tribute to One Big Mickey

A Flowery Tribute to One Big Mickey

Floral Mickey is the first sight to greet visitors at Disneyland. Read »

Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Enchanted Tiki Room at 50

The Enchanted Tiki Room at 50

A summertime party flowers for a classic Disneyland attraction. Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

WonderCon's Anaheim Moment

WonderCon's Anaheim Moment

We're a few weeks out from the mega pop culture confab. Have your strategy? Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Beer Run

OC Beer Run

It's a 5K with a (bottle cap) twist. Read »

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 6:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oktoberfest Anaheim

Oktoberfest Anaheim

The Phoenix Club kicks off its grand oompah. 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.