Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tradition and Grandeur: Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Tradition and Grandeur: Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Tradition, beauty, and song: "Vaqueros y Vaqueras" is the 2013 theme. Read »

Thursday, Aug 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's historic fiesta prepares to twirl into August. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Funk Zone Love

Funk Zone Love

If you're headed to Santa Barbara for Old Spanish Days, make time for some offbeat-sweet sights. Read »

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara

One of the Golden State's most historic fiestas prepares to celebrate year 87. Read »

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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.

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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