Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pig Cam, the Happy-Maker

Pig Cam, the Happy-Maker

Thank you, OC Fair. Thank you. Read »

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Yep. It's Deep-Fried Kool-Aid

Yep. It's Deep-Fried Kool-Aid

The unusual treat is one of the many offbeat foods at the 2011 OC Fair. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fair Promotions Galore

Fair Promotions Galore

Kids' Day? The School Supplies Drive? Find out about the free days and more. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bob Dylan to Strum at OC Fair

Bob Dylan to Strum at OC Fair

The legend is just one of many top-notch performers set to rock Costa Mesa. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fair Favorites: Barnyard Fashion Parade

Fair Favorites: Barnyard Fashion Parade

The OC Fair is set to open. We're thinking of its sweetest, snapshotiest events. 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.