Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

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 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sledding and Snow Leopards

Sledding and Snow Leopards

The Santa Barbara Zoo has an icy, animal-y fun day on. 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.