Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pogos in the Sky

Pogos in the Sky

Pogopalooza returns to sproing sproing sproing at the OC Fair. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bargain Costa Mesa

Bargain Costa Mesa

Heading for the OC Fair? Want to find free stuff nearby? Read »

Saturday, Jul 7, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Fair Headliners

OC Fair Headliners

The Costa Mesa party is known for drawing some major names. Read »

Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Fair Ups the Bacon

OC Fair Ups the Bacon

You like sizzling meat? There's a booth for you at the 2012 extravaganza. Read »

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pig Cam, the Happy-Maker

Pig Cam, the Happy-Maker

Thank you, OC Fair. Thank you. 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.