Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Car-Free Fun at Santa Barbara's Earth Day

Car-Free Fun at Santa Barbara's Earth Day

Hop a train to one of the oldest of the eco-nice bashes and maybe win a prize. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Alpacas, Music, and Earth Day

Alpacas, Music, and Earth Day

Cities all over mark Earth Day, but the holiday has strong and historic ties to Santa Barbara. Read »

Sunday, Apr 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day in the National Parks

Earth Day in the National Parks

Go on a Earth Day bike ride in of the world's most beloved valleys. Or celebrate a candlelit Earth Hour at the Wuksachi. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

St. Patrick's, Meet Earth Day

St. Patrick's, Meet Earth Day

The rain played havoc with the OC Marketplace's annual shindig. Now it is reappearing in time for Earth Day. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day in Sequoia National Park

Earth Day in Sequoia National Park

National Park Week continues, meaning free admission and lots of in-park activities. Read »

Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 7:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day Birding Challenge

Earth Day Birding Challenge

Desert birders have 24 hours to find birds. Lots of different birds. Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day Volunteers Needed in State Parks

Earth Day Volunteers Needed in State Parks

Lend a hand on one of several California State Parks Foundation projects. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Honoring Santa Barbara's Beginnings

Honoring Santa Barbara's Beginnings

Make for El Presidio to celebrate the city's 229th birthday. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kimpton Hotels EarthCare Week

Kimpton Hotels EarthCare Week

Pop-up eco art shows, farmers market feeds, and candlelight wine hours are on the menu. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day in Santa Barbara

Earth Day in Santa Barbara

It's a multi-day party in a place that takes the holiday to heart. Read »

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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.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

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

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She 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.
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