Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

You're Now Entering the Yarnosphere

You're Now Entering the Yarnosphere

Knitters are set to purl their way to Costa Mesa for one mega meet-up. 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 »

Friday, Jul 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tie-Dyed To-Do Spotlights Vintage VWs

Tie-Dyed To-Do Spotlights Vintage VWs

Remember going to Woodstock? You can, again, in Costa Mesa. Read »

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Top Suds 'Round Orange County

Top Suds 'Round Orange County

The ever-popular OC Brew Ha Ha is on approach. Where do you sip? Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The '80s Visit Costa Mesa

The '80s Visit Costa Mesa

A Day-Glo party precedes "Flashdance -- The Musical." Leg warmers on! Read »

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 »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bubble Time in Santa Ana

Bubble Time in Santa Ana

The Discovery Science Center's soapiest spectacular is on approach. Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

The comedian will reprise some favorites, for one night only, in Costa Mesa. Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 7:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A "Bad Dog" Visits Newport Beach

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A 28-foot-tall canine leaves its mark on the Orange County Museum of Art. Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

WonderCon's Anaheim Moment

WonderCon's Anaheim Moment

We're a few weeks out from the mega pop culture confab. Have your strategy? 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.