Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wee Archaeologists Get into Indy Show for Free

Wee Archaeologists Get into Indy Show for Free

Have spring-breakers around the house? Make for Santa Ana. Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bubble Time in Santa Ana

Bubble Time in Santa Ana

The Discovery Science Center's soapiest spectacular is on approach. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Exhibit: The Mysteries of Gingerbread

OC Exhibit: The Mysteries of Gingerbread

Make a gingerbread mix and learn about what's behind it, in Santa Ana. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 6:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

Tickets are now on sale for a swashbuckling exhibit headed for Santa Ana. Read »

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bubblefest in OC

Bubblefest in OC

Can you make a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble? Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gingerbread, Through the Microscope

Gingerbread, Through the Microscope

What's at the heart of all that tasty holiday goodness? Discovery Science Center has answers. Read »

Monday, May 30, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New at Discovery Science Center

New at Discovery Science Center

Find out more about the mysteries of water and the razzmatazz of Mr. Potato in Santa Ana. Read »

Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bubblefest XV

Bubblefest XV

You want to stand inside a giant bubble. Admit it. 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.