Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 8:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day in Santa Barbara

Earth Day in Santa Barbara

The city's long-running celebration has a starry name or two. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Slithery Santa Barbara Outing

A Slithery Santa Barbara Outing

Have a fondness for reptiles? Welcome in the Year of the Snake. Read »

Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Romantic, Rustic, and Very El Capitan Canyon

Romantic, Rustic, and Very El Capitan Canyon

A cozy clutch of cabins near the coast offers some sweet Valentine's fun. Read »

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

How Santa Barbara Does Car-Free

Our own American Riviera has made green a true way of life. See Full Gallery »

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 7:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Celebrating the World's Famous Waddlers

Celebrating the World's Famous Waddlers

Penguin fans flock to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Airy Art of California

The Airy Art of California

Pasadena and Santa Barbara pair up on a painting-pretty presentation. Read »

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Movie and a (Fine) Meal in Santa Barbara

A Movie and a (Fine) Meal in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's big film party boasts a tasty partnership. Read »

Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

'Tis the Season in Santa Barbara

'Tis the Season in Santa Barbara

Parades, wine tastings, and a snow leopard fest lend the holidays cheer. Read »

Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snow Leopards Romp in Santa Barbara

Snow Leopards Romp in Santa Barbara

An icy Santa Barbara Zoo party treats the snow-loving animals and people alike. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Making for Monterey or the Central Coast? Discover spots with a starry past. 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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