Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Old World Village Oktoberfest

Old World Village Oktoberfest

One of SoCal's biggest oompah-pah-pahs lines up the steins. Read »

Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

U.S. Open of Surfing

U.S. Open of Surfing

Bands, fans, and some top wave riders make for Huntington Beach. Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Huntington Beach Chili Party

Huntington Beach Chili Party

It's one of Surf City's spiciest summer street fairs. Read »

Friday, Feb 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Old World Chocolate Festival

Old World Chocolate Festival

It's not Oktoberfest but Valentineoberfest. You get where we're going with that. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 8:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Yep. It's Oktoberfest Time.

Yep. It's Oktoberfest Time.

Old World Village's annual raise-a-stein party prepares for its big opening. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

HB Gastro-Truck Fest

HB Gastro-Truck Fest

Surf City is throwing a good grub fest, and several rolling gourmets are set to attend. Read »

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 1:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Thousands of Rubber Ducks Make for Pacific

Thousands of Rubber Ducks Make for Pacific

Some four thousand ducks will be dropped over Huntington Beach Pier. Quackity quack. 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.