Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Takin About Spring Break at San Diego Zoo

Takin About Spring Break at San Diego Zoo

Enjoy the new baby takin, the panda cub, and more animal goodness. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 2:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Eye-Level with Koalas

Eye-Level with Koalas

The San Diego Zoo's new Outback area will debut in May. Read »

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Adopt a Panda for Valentine's

Adopt a Panda for Valentine's

Finding yourself head-over-heels for Xiao Liwu? Share the love. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Zoo Panda Cub Set for Public Debut

San Diego Zoo Panda Cub Set for Public Debut

Thousands have watched him grow on YouTube; now see him live. Read »

Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Panda Cub: Vote on Six Names

Panda Cub: Vote on Six Names

You can vote on a half dozen names; poll closes Oct. 30. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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By Melissa Pamer

Baby Panda Growing Up Too Fast

Baby Panda Growing Up Too Fast

The San Diego Zoo's still-unnamed cub took his first steps this week -- on camera. Read »

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Zoo Kids Free Deal

San Diego Zoo Kids Free Deal

Tykes get into the world-famous zoo, for free, during October. Read »

Friday, Sep 7, 2012 at 6:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Panda Cub: It's a...

San Diego Panda Cub: It's a...

Veternarians made a big announcement following its third exam. Read »

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zoo Superstar's Second Check-Up

Zoo Superstar's Second Check-Up

The San Diego Zoo's panda cub is growing, fast. 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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