Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

One of the classic birds of autumn fiction gets its moment in the sun. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Book a vintage beauty and round out the summer with a little R&R. Read »

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Zoo: Peek Inside the Animal Food Kitchen

Santa Barbara Zoo: Peek Inside the Animal Food Kitchen

How do the beasties' bites come together? A new area lets you see. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 7:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

50+ Libations: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest

50+ Libations: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest

Sample some of the deepest, smokiest beverages (and learn about the sips). Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 90th, Old Spanish Days

Happy 90th, Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's historic summertime festival brims with parades, mercados. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New at El Capitan Canyon: Corral Cabins

New at El Capitan Canyon: Corral Cabins

The creekside nests join the Santa Barbara property's yurts and tents. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pre-Bastille Day Bash: Santa Barbara French Fest

Pre-Bastille Day Bash: Santa Barbara French Fest

Poodles, can-can dances, and Parisian treats abound at Oak Park. Read »

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 5:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice

Greet the longest day of the year with music, dance, and a parade. Read »

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sea-Worthy Finds: Santa Barbara Harbor Nautical Swap Meet

Sea-Worthy Finds: Santa Barbara Harbor Nautical Swap Meet

Sailboat rigging and other ocean-minded goods are up for sale. Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Springtime Sipping: Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

Springtime Sipping: Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

The weekend after Memorial Day is filled with wine-nice gatherings. 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.

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.