Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pageant of the Masters: Play "The Art Detective"

Pageant of the Masters: Play

The Laguna Beach icon hosts a social media sweepstakes. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach Fun: Pageant Details

Laguna Beach Fun: Pageant Details

The paintings shall again come to life in Laguna Beach. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hold a Pose, SoCal: Pageant of the Masters Tryouts

Hold a Pose, SoCal: Pageant of the Masters Tryouts

The standing-still-est spectacle in all the land schedules its big auditions. Read »

Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The 2014 Pageant of the Masters Theme Is...

The 2014 Pageant of the Masters Theme Is...

Love Laguna Beach's staying-still spectacular? Tickets go on sale soon. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Artsy Eeks: Pageant of the Monsters

Artsy Eeks: Pageant of the Monsters

A much-loved Laguna Beach institution takes on a seasonal snarl. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pageant of the Masters Salutes the Cinema

Pageant of the Masters Salutes the Cinema

The venerable "pose like art" extravaganza takes on a movie theme. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Stand Still, for Art's Sake, in Laguna Beach

Stand Still, for Art's Sake, in Laguna Beach

Love Pageant of the Masters? Tryouts are just ahead. Read »

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pageant of the Masters

The famous real-people-in-paintings spectacular is just a year shy of its... See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach Fest's 80-Day Giveaway

Laguna Beach Fest's 80-Day Giveaway

The venerable Festival of the Arts turns 80 this year. And to celebrate? They're doing a grand giveaway for fans. Read »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 at 8:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Last Chance for the Pageant

Last Chance for the Pageant

Pageant of the Masters is about to end for another season. Have you gone? 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.