Worth the Drive | A Guide to Nearby Getaways | NBC Southern California
Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Mar 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

The Masai Giraffe calf was born in the wee hours of March 14. Read »

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM
|
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 »

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

The Shoe-Wearing Penguin

The Shoe-Wearing Penguin

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