Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara's Orchid Extravaganza

Santa Barbara's Orchid Extravaganza

The venerable Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is set to flower. 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 »

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 »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Holiday Wine About

Solvang Holiday Wine About

It's a glittery, glass-ful (and glass-filled) stroll through a sparkly city. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Harbor Festival

Santa Barbara Harbor Festival

Santa Barbara's annual harbor fest features lobster, tunes, and boat tours. Read »

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Riding Out Carmageddon II, Santa Barbara-Style

Riding Out Carmageddon II, Santa Barbara-Style

Santa Barbara Car Free has the specials ready for road-weary Angelenos. 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.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has 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.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.