Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

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 treat... 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 »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Time to Shine Up That Hearse

Time to Shine Up That Hearse

It's year 14 for one of the largest 'n most lively hearse happenings in the nation. Read »

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 »

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.