Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach's Magical Fair: Sawdust Art Festival

Laguna Beach's Magical Fair: Sawdust Art Festival

The outdoor art and craft bazaar readies for its summer season. Read »

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach's Big Art Party

Laguna Beach's Big Art Party

The famous sawdust is on the ground and the booths are being readied. Read »

Monday, Nov 14, 2011 at 6:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sweet Seasonal Shopping Spectacular

Sweet Seasonal Shopping Spectacular

Sawdust Winter Fantasy boasts one-of-a-kind gifts and plenty of twinkly splendor, too. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

45th Annual Sawdust Art Festival

45th Annual Sawdust Art Festival

The Laguna Beach summertime tradition prepares to open for another season. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sawdust Winter Fantasy

Sawdust Winter Fantasy

The Sawdust Art Festival's Santa-snowy seasonal attraction is just around the corner. 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.