Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC's Splashy Cinema Bash: Newport Beach Film Fest

OC's Splashy Cinema Bash: Newport Beach Film Fest

Studios and indies both find a spot at the week-long movie party. Read »

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 7:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Shanghai" in Newport Beach

The prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival once again attracts a caboodle of interesting and zingy flicks. Read »

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 »

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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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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