Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Valentine's Day in the American Riviera

Valentine's Day in the American Riviera

Get beachy or taste wine or all of the above, in Santa Barbara. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Weekend: Ride the Train, Save Dough

Santa Barbara Weekend: Ride the Train, Save Dough

Love the rails? Here's a discount you'll dig. Read »

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 7:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Movie-Worthy Meals: Santa Barbara Film Feast

Movie-Worthy Meals: Santa Barbara Film Feast

You can go to the famous film fest for movies or for meals. Or both. Read »

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

157 Pounds of Newborn Giraffe Love

157 Pounds of Newborn Giraffe Love

The San Diego Zoo says hello to the 157-pound newborn. Read »

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zoo Animals Open Wishlist Surprises

Zoo Animals Open Wishlist Surprises

The Santa Barbara Zoo beasties have an enrichment toy dream list. Read »

Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Orcas Frolic Near Ventura

Orcas Frolic Near Ventura

The large pod was spied in the Santa Barbara Channel. Read »

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Schooners, yachts, and rafts are ready to sparkle, sail. Read »

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 »

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.