Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

The comedian will reprise some favorites, for one night only, in Costa Mesa. Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 7:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A "Bad Dog" Visits Newport Beach

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A 28-foot-tall canine leaves its mark on the Orange County Museum of Art. Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

WonderCon's Anaheim Moment

WonderCon's Anaheim Moment

We're a few weeks out from the mega pop culture confab. Have your strategy? Read »

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Wicked" Casts a Bit of Magic: A Ticket Lottery

The Segerstrom Center announces a lottery for day-of seats. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Restaurant Week Raises a Fork to Five Years

OC Restaurant Week Raises a Fork to Five Years

Dozens of restaurants around the county prepare for great deals. Read »

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, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC's Annual Hearse Roll

OC's Annual Hearse Roll

Atmospheric autos line up for a Costa Mesa tradition. 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 »

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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.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has 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.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.
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