Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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By Becky Stickney

Getting the Message in Laguna Beach

Getting the Message in Laguna Beach

Organizers want to create the most positive event in the history of Orange County. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hold a Pose, SoCal: Pageant of the Masters Tryouts

Hold a Pose, SoCal: Pageant of the Masters Tryouts

The standing-still-est spectacle in all the land schedules its big auditions. Read »

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Sawdust's Winter Fantasy

The Sawdust's Winter Fantasy

Laguna Beach's sweet artist round-up takes on a holiday mien, for four weekends only. Read »

Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The 2014 Pageant of the Masters Theme Is...

The 2014 Pageant of the Masters Theme Is...

Love Laguna Beach's staying-still spectacular? Tickets go on sale soon. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Artsy Eeks: Pageant of the Monsters

Artsy Eeks: Pageant of the Monsters

A much-loved Laguna Beach institution takes on a seasonal snarl. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach's Magical Fair: Sawdust Art Festival

Laguna Beach's Magical Fair: Sawdust Art Festival

The outdoor art and craft bazaar readies for its summer season. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pageant of the Masters Salutes the Cinema

Pageant of the Masters Salutes the Cinema

The venerable "pose like art" extravaganza takes on a movie theme. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Stand Still, for Art's Sake, in Laguna Beach

Stand Still, for Art's Sake, in Laguna Beach

Love Pageant of the Masters? Tryouts are just ahead. Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Winter Fantasy in Laguna Beach

A Winter Fantasy in Laguna Beach

One of SoCal's most festive shop places boasts Santa and other festive touches. Read »

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Uncommon Mondays in Laguna Beach

Uncommon Mondays in Laguna Beach

A Laguna Beach chef pays homage to other area chefs he admires. 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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