Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Koalas Behind the Scenes: A New San Diego Zoo Tour

Koalas Behind the Scenes: A New San Diego Zoo Tour

See keepers prepare the marsupials' meals and visit the "bachelor pad." Read »

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Icon: Name the Condor Chick

California Icon: Name the Condor Chick

The San Diego Zoo has opened the voting to all bird buffs. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Meet Shadow, San Diego Zoo Superstar

Meet Shadow, San Diego Zoo Superstar

The furry lad'll soon be part of the educational staff at Wegeforth Bowl. Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Opening: Tiger Trail at Safari Park

Opening: Tiger Trail at Safari Park

Get to know the Sumatran Tiger and its majestic world. Read »

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Sweet: Mother's Day Sleepover

San Diego Sweet: Mother's Day Sleepover

An offbeat overnight for moms roars at the San Diego Zoo. Read »

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zoo Behind-the-Scenes: The Weighing of a Joey

Zoo Behind-the-Scenes: The Weighing of a Joey

San Diego Zoo staffers employ a nifty trick to measure the youngster's heft. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Cute: A Zoo Star in the Making

San Diego Cute: A Zoo Star in the Making

The orangutan baby's mom has been giving her "a gentle push" onto the ropes. Read »

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Reunited: San Diego Gorilla and Her Baby

Reunited: San Diego Gorilla and Her Baby

The female infant was reintroduced to her mother after surgery. Read »

Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 7:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Baby Orangutan Makes Zoo Debut

Baby Orangutan Makes Zoo Debut

The infant is two weeks old and lives at the San Diego Zoo. Read »

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Only U.S. Zoo to See Tasmanian Devils: San Diego

Only U.S. Zoo to See Tasmanian Devils: San Diego

The furry, big-teethed quartet made their zoo debut on Oct. 24. 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.

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.