Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Recycled Wear: Festival Runway Fashion Show

Recycled Wear: Festival Runway Fashion Show

"Reclaimed, reused, or recycled material" takes the centerstage, in Laguna Beach. Read »

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Lovely: Summertime Is Sawdust Time

Laguna Lovely: Summertime Is Sawdust Time

Laguna Beach's painting- and jewelry- and craft-packed event is up next. Read »

Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pageant of the Masters: Play "The Art Detective"

Pageant of the Masters: Play

The Laguna Beach icon hosts a social media sweepstakes. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach Fun: Pageant Details

Laguna Beach Fun: Pageant Details

The paintings shall again come to life in Laguna Beach. Read »

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 »

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.