Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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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 »

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Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Exhibit: The Mysteries of Gingerbread

OC Exhibit: The Mysteries of Gingerbread

Make a gingerbread mix and learn about what's behind it, in Santa Ana. Read »

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Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 6:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

Tickets are now on sale for a swashbuckling exhibit headed for Santa Ana. Read »

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Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bubblefest in OC

Bubblefest in OC

Can you make a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble? Read »

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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gingerbread, Through the Microscope

Gingerbread, Through the Microscope

What's at the heart of all that tasty holiday goodness? Discovery Science Center has answers. Read »

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Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bubblefest XV

Bubblefest XV

You want to stand inside a giant bubble. Admit it. 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.

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.