Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oktoberfest Opens in Huntington Beach

Oktoberfest Opens in Huntington Beach

Old World has the steins, dances, and accordions at the ready. Read »

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tart Times: Old World Village's Plum Fest

Tart Times: Old World Village's Plum Fest

Oktoberfest isn't quite here, but this sour-sweet soiree should tide you over. Read »

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

You, a Soda Bottle, and Rocket Science

You, a Soda Bottle, and Rocket Science

The Discovery Science Center pairs with Boeing for a fun day of science. Read »

Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Old World Village Oktoberfest

Old World Village Oktoberfest

One of SoCal's biggest oompah-pah-pahs lines up the steins. Read »

Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

U.S. Open of Surfing

U.S. Open of Surfing

Bands, fans, and some top wave riders make for Huntington Beach. Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Huntington Beach Chili Party

Huntington Beach Chili Party

It's one of Surf City's spiciest summer street fairs. Read »

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Beaglefest 2012

Beaglefest 2012

Are you a Beagle buff? Make for a Huntington Beach happening. Read »

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Flavors of Huntington Beach

The Flavors of Huntington Beach

Taste of Huntington Beach offers "unlimited tastes" of the area's best eats (and all for one ticket). Read »

Friday, Feb 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Old World Chocolate Festival

Old World Chocolate Festival

It's not Oktoberfest but Valentineoberfest. You get where we're going with that. Read »

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 1:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Barkers on Board(s)

Barkers on Board(s)

Waggers take to the water to raise funds for charity. 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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