Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Ready for this year's outlandish batch of edibles? Read »

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer Calling: Here Come the OC Fair Concerts

Summer Calling: Here Come the OC Fair Concerts

Call it a breath of summery relaxation in the wintertime. Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Fair: The Deals and Squeals

OC Fair: The Deals and Squeals

Several discount-admission days are rounding the corner, fast. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Food Truck Halloween Foodtacular

Food Truck Halloween Foodtacular

Food trucks get frightful -- but yummy -- in Orange County. Read »

Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pogos in the Sky

Pogos in the Sky

Pogopalooza returns to sproing sproing sproing at the OC Fair. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bargain Costa Mesa

Bargain Costa Mesa

Heading for the OC Fair? Want to find free stuff nearby? Read »

Saturday, Jul 7, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Fair Headliners

OC Fair Headliners

The Costa Mesa party is known for drawing some major names. Read »

Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Fair Ups the Bacon

OC Fair Ups the Bacon

You like sizzling meat? There's a booth for you at the 2012 extravaganza. Read »

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Food Truck Fare After Dark

Food Truck Fare After Dark

Can't make the lunchtime gathering at the OC Fair? The noshes are going nocturnal. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 4:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Food Trucks with Fair

Food Trucks with Fair

The OC Fair rounds up the best in crepes and tacos and more for its Food Truck Thursdays. 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.