Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Science, with a Side of Ick, in Santa Ana

Science, with a Side of Ick, in Santa Ana

A "disgusting" exhibit at the Discover Science Center has kids laughing (and learning). Read »

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 at 8:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

1996 Prices: Irvine Park Railroad Turns 18

1996 Prices: Irvine Park Railroad Turns 18

The Orange playplace marks down train rides to two bucks for an entire weekend. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

100+ Savory Choices: OC Restaurant Week

100+ Savory Choices: OC Restaurant Week

Prix fixe finds and special events dot the county with deliciousness. 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 »

Friday, Dec 27, 2013 at 5:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Balloon Drop: Noon Year's Eve

OC Balloon Drop: Noon Year's Eve

The Discovery Science Center hosts a daylight bash, hooray! Read »

Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Paper Bags, Candles, Magic: Luminarias OC

Paper Bags, Candles, Magic: Luminarias OC

Heritage Hill'll go aglow for two mid-December nights. Read »

Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Exhibit: Gingerbread + Science + Discovery + Fun

OC Exhibit: Gingerbread + Science + Discovery + Fun

The Discovery Science Center's annual holiday tradition boasts a yummy competition. Read »

Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ho Ho Heading Our Way: The Santa Trains

Ho Ho Heading Our Way: The Santa Trains

Chitchat with Kris Kringle on one of SoCal's sweetest lines. Read »

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Spooky: Hearse Gathering

A few dozen vehicles'll wend their way into Costa Mesa for a pre-Halloween... See Full Gallery »

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Haunted Orange County Meets Heritage Square

Haunted Orange County Meets Heritage Square

Call it an October-flavored mash-up with a dose of spine-chilling fun. 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.