Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Here Comes the State Fair (Food)

Here Comes the State Fair (Food)

Will your favorite summer be on a stick, deep-fried, or both? Read »

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Margarita? Nope, a Calarita

A Margarita? Nope, a Calarita

The California State Fair'll be going for some records. A margarita is first up. Read »

Friday, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

World's Record on the Midway

World's Record on the Midway

A wheel buff is going for one very long ride at the California State Fair. Read »

Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California State Fair Food

California State Fair Food

What fried goodies will you sample this year? Read »

Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The California State Fair Opens

The California State Fair Opens

REO Speedwagon, a corn dog eating contest, the Institute of Rock 'N Roll, and an Insect Encounters area are some 2011 highlights. Read »

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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.
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