Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Orange Book Festival

Big Orange Book Festival

It's the first-ever and Chapman University is the place. Ready, bookworms? Read »

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Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Firefighter Fundraiser

OC Firefighter Fundraiser

Over 70 breweries cool beer lovers down (and for a fine cause). Read »

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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 »

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Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Elvis Sightings

OC Elvis Sightings

If you're in the OC you may see the King (or someone who looks like him). Read »

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Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Orange County's Top Tastes

Orange County's Top Tastes

Longing to try some of the best of the county in one fell, flavorful swoop? Here's your chance. Read »

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Tastefest

OC Tastefest

Get your fill of the county's best over two savory days. Read »

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Sunday, Apr 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountain Lion Cubs' OC Zoo Debut

Mountain Lion Cubs' OC Zoo Debut

A "newly renovated enclosure" awaits the pair. Plus, a naming contest for us humans. Read »

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Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Taste of Orange County

Taste of Orange County

Sampling the best of the county? It'll be an Irvine thing, this June. Read »

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Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

The Orange-based train toots into its 16th year, with specials and fun. Read »

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Friday, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Orange County Tree Lightings

Orange County Tree Lightings

Malls and centers are set to sparkle. 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.