Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 at 7:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Irvine Eats: A Taste of Greece

Irvine Eats: A Taste of Greece

The food-laden gathering is on year 36 -- opa! Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cruise Ship First: An On-Land Wine Fest

Cruise Ship First: An On-Land Wine Fest

Celebrity Cruises helms the "industry's first land-based" wine bash. Read »

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Easter Arrives Early in Orange

Easter Arrives Early in Orange

The Big Bunny is set for his Irvine Regional Park debut. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Strolling Among Strawberries at Tanaka Farms

Strolling Among Strawberries at Tanaka Farms

The arrival of March means that the Irvine destination is open for tours. Read »

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 at 8:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

1996 Prices: Irvine Park Railroad Turns 18

1996 Prices: Irvine Park Railroad Turns 18

The Orange playplace marks down train rides to two bucks for an entire weekend. Read »

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

UC Irvine Offers Online Zombie 101 Class

UC Irvine Offers Online Zombie 101 Class

It's fall and the nights grow longer. Are you truly prepared? Read »

Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Santa Trains Get Rolling

The Santa Trains Get Rolling

Rails with a seasonal bent are running through Orange and Fillmore. Read »

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

The Orange-based train toots into its 16th year, with specials and fun. Read »

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa in Irvine

Santa in Irvine

The Christmas Train is heading down the tracks with one very special guest. Read »

Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Taste of Greece

A Taste of Greece

The three-day festival will be dishing up the pastitchio and souvlaki in Irvine. 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.