Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snow Leopards of the American Riviera

Snow Leopards of the American Riviera

Santa Barbara Zoo will truck in 80 tons of snow for feline frolicking. Read »

Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Doctor Who and the Big Cats

Doctor Who and the Big Cats

Keepers at Santa Barbara Zoo clearly are sci-fi fans (and have a sense of humor). Read »

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Santa Barbara Zoo celebrates gratitude by giving gourds to its furry residents. Read »

Friday, Nov 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

This Is Happening: Oprah's Yard Sale

This Is Happening: Oprah's Yard Sale

The "Oprah Winfrey Collection" goes up for purchase in Carpinteria. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara First: Open Streets Event

Santa Barbara First: Open Streets Event

Over two and a half miles of Cabrillo Boulevard will be closed to cars. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

On the Harbor: Santa Barbara Seafood

On the Harbor: Santa Barbara Seafood

The Seafood & Harbor Festival boasts a stunning setting, succulent eats. Read »

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

epicure s.b.: Santa Barbara's Month-Long Foodie Feast

epicure s.b.: Santa Barbara's Month-Long Foodie Feast

A lemon fest, an avocado fest, craft beers, and prix fixe goodness? It's all on the menu. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Stink Is Now: Santa Barbara Corpse Flower

The Stink Is Now: Santa Barbara Corpse Flower

UCSB has published the visiting hours for the smelly celeb bloom. Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Corpse Flower Set to Bloom in Santa Barbara

Corpse Flower Set to Bloom in Santa Barbara

UCSB prepares for the stinky bloom (and the expected crowds). Read »

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 »

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.