Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Celebrate in Santa Ana: OC Pride

Celebrate in Santa Ana: OC Pride

A festival, a dance tent, and other merry-fun to-dos make for a celebratory Saturday. Read »

Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

Dig the television show and all that hands-on science? Head for Santa Ana. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bubblefest: One POP-ular Show

Bubblefest: One POP-ular Show

Is soap supernatural? Practically. See magic made in Santa Ana. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Science, with a Side of Ick, in Santa Ana

Science, with a Side of Ick, in Santa Ana

A "disgusting" exhibit at the Discover Science Center has kids laughing (and learning). Read »

Friday, Dec 27, 2013 at 5:55 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Balloon Drop: Noon Year's Eve

OC Balloon Drop: Noon Year's Eve

The Discovery Science Center hosts a daylight bash, hooray! 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 »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Neato: Spooky Science at Discovery Science Center

Neato: Spooky Science at Discovery Science Center

Make slime -- and take it home -- at this seasonal and smart exhibit. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wee Archaeologists Get into Indy Show for Free

Wee Archaeologists Get into Indy Show for Free

Have spring-breakers around the house? Make for Santa Ana. 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 »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Where Are Those Wild Things? In the OC

Where Are Those Wild Things? In the OC

The Bowers Museum celebrates a beloved book's 50th anniversary. 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.