Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Orange County's Top Tastes

Orange County's Top Tastes

Longing to try some of the best of the county in one fell, flavorful swoop? Here's your chance. Read »

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Tastefest

OC Tastefest

Get your fill of the county's best over two savory days. Read »

Sunday, Apr 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountain Lion Cubs' OC Zoo Debut

Mountain Lion Cubs' OC Zoo Debut

A "newly renovated enclosure" awaits the pair. Plus, a naming contest for us humans. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

St. Patrick's, Meet Earth Day

St. Patrick's, Meet Earth Day

The rain played havoc with the OC Marketplace's annual shindig. Now it is reappearing in time for Earth Day. Read »

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

The Orange-based train toots into its 16th year, with specials and fun. Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Orange County Tree Lightings

Orange County Tree Lightings

Malls and centers are set to sparkle. Read »

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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.
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