Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Zoo's Sloth Baby Gets a Name

San Diego Zoo's Sloth Baby Gets a Name

Why yes, the cutie-patootie is in fact named Xena. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Squeal, Then Weigh In: Baby Sloth Name

Squeal, Then Weigh In: Baby Sloth Name

The San Diego Zoo needs your two cents in naming a female sloth. Read »

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Jogging by Camels: Safari Park Half Marathon

Jogging by Camels: Safari Park Half Marathon

It's one of our state's most scenic 'n wild runs. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Birds Mark Three Decades

Rare Birds Mark Three Decades

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park condors mark a feathery-nice birthday. Read »

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snow in San Diego (at Least for the Pandas)

Snow in San Diego (at Least for the Pandas)

The pandas, including baby Xiao Liwu, are getting a frosty treat. Read »

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spring Break in Sun Diego

Spring Break in Sun Diego

It's road-trippin' time. Where are you going? Read »

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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.
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