Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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, 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 »

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 »

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Baby Tamarins in Santa Barbara

Baby Tamarins in Santa Barbara

Twin golden lion tamarin babies? We're driving to the Santa Barbara Zoo immediately. Read »

Friday, Dec 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Rrowr!

Santa Barbara Rrowr!

The Santa Barbara Zoo's ultra-cool T Rex puppet ups its shows for the holiday season. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vulture Love

Vulture Love

The Santa Barbara Zoo observes International Vulture Awareness Day. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Shoe-Wearing Penguin

The Shoe-Wearing Penguin

Lucky is looking quite dapper in his special Teva shoe. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tiny Otter Time

Tiny Otter Time

The Santa Barbara Zoo is proud of its newest pups. Read »

Saturday, Jun 4, 2011 at 8:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Zoo Brew

Santa Barbara Zoo Brew

"Special animal encounters" are promised for this foamy-fun day out. 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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