Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Newport Boat Show

Newport Boat Show

Dreaming of venturing out to sea? Turn your ship toward Lido Marine Village. Read »

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Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 7:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Killer Whales Off Newport Beach

Killer Whales Off Newport Beach

Killer whales, breaching in our very own shore-close waters? It's a holiday gift for Orca lovers. Read »

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Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The 103rd Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

The 103rd Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

The century+ celebration is ready to float. Read »

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Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 12:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Freeway Closure Inspires Hotel Deals

Freeway Closure Inspires Hotel Deals

Want a getaway without getting away? Several LA and OC properties have 405-related deals on. Read »

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Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival

The 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival

Miranda July's "The Future" and "Beginners" with Ewan McGregor are two highlights of the two-week fest. Read »

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Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival

"East Fifth Bliss" with Michael C. Hall opens the starry event. Read »

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Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest

Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest

A cool day by the Pacific, full of sandy sculptures and ocean breezes. 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.