Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Flying to Mammoth from OC? Here's a Ski-riffic Deal.

Flying to Mammoth from OC? Here's a Ski-riffic Deal.

Yeah, we said "ski-riffic" and meant it, too. Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Salute to Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue

A Salute to Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue

Pay special tribute to the long-running Disneyland favorite. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Holiday Ales, Foamy and Festive, in the OC

Holiday Ales, Foamy and Festive, in the OC

The big-hearted Brew Ha Ha returns with a spotlight on seasonal suds. Read »

Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Teatro ZinZanni Regales the OC

Teatro ZinZanni Regales the OC

Vaudeville and va-voom-ery reign at the Segerstrom. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Food Truck Halloween Foodtacular

Food Truck Halloween Foodtacular

Food trucks get frightful -- but yummy -- in Orange County. Read »

Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Fullerton Ghost Walk

Historic Fullerton Ghost Walk

Get the lowdown on ghosties around the historic OC city. Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mars and Stars with JPL

Mars and Stars with JPL

A free OC Parks event looks up, with a special science-smart guest. Read »

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Firefighter Fundraiser

OC Firefighter Fundraiser

Over 70 breweries cool beer lovers down (and for a fine cause). Read »

Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Fair Ups the Bacon

OC Fair Ups the Bacon

You like sizzling meat? There's a booth for you at the 2012 extravaganza. Read »

Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Elvis Sightings

OC Elvis Sightings

If you're in the OC you may see the King (or someone who looks like him). 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.