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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Escondido Fundraiser: World Rhino Day

Escondido Fundraiser: World Rhino Day

A raffle and auction and rhino-sweet facts reign at a San Diego Zoo Safari Park to-do. Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:12 AM
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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 »

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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.
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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.