Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

NEXT Santa Barbara

NEXT Santa Barbara

Headed to the American Riviera? There's a new app to lead the way. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Feast, Film, and the American Riviera

Feast, Film, and the American Riviera

Like your movies with a merlot on the side? Santa Barbara shares your tastes. Read »

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 8:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Studio Tour

Santa Barbara Studio Tour

It's the 10th anniversary for the 40-artist gadabout. 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 13, 2011 at 9:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Car-Free Train Discount Bests Carmageddon

Car-Free Train Discount Bests Carmageddon

If you feel like taking to the rails, Santa Barbara Car Free has word on a solid discount. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Escape the 405 Deal

Escape the 405 Deal

If you'll be in Santa Barbara over "Carmageddon," read on. Read »

Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer Solstice Celebration

Summer Solstice Celebration

Yep. There's inflatable art for rent. Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

French Festival Canceled

French Festival Canceled

One of Santa Barbara's summertime celebrations is put on hold. Read »

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sea Cave Kayak Deal

Sea Cave Kayak Deal

Looking for something to do with your long-weekend Monday? Head out to sea. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

CycleMAYnia

CycleMAYnia

It's a full month of swap meets, sweet rides, and spokes-focused outings around Santa Barbara. 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.