Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Opening: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Opening: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

An OC classic is all about pint-sized to-dos and lots of pumpkin choosing. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Bellows are king at the OC Marketplace in Costa Mesa. Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Celebrate in Santa Ana: OC Pride

Celebrate in Santa Ana: OC Pride

A festival, a dance tent, and other merry-fun to-dos make for a celebratory Saturday. Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Butter's Melting: Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Butter's Melting: Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Autumn is clearly on the way 'round these SoCal parts. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Elvis Fest: Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Elvis Fest: Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Dig out those huge sunglasses and make for Costa Mesa, Presley people. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Churros, you're the next wacky frontier on the culinary landscape. Read »

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 6:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rancho Cucamonga Eeks: The Haunted Winery

Rancho Cucamonga Eeks: The Haunted Winery

Tag along with the Haunted Orange County tours crew and look for boo-ing among the bottles. Read »

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 »

Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

Dig the television show and all that hands-on science? Head for Santa Ana. Read »

Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Beers of Orange County (and Beyond)

The Beers of Orange County (and Beyond)

Fullerton foams and Orange sips'll make a sunny day showing. 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.