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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Zoo Panda Cub's First Exam

San Diego Zoo Panda Cub's First Exam

It was quick -- just three minutes -- but doctors got a good look. Read »

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Panda Born at San Diego Zoo

Panda Born at San Diego Zoo

The zoo and panda fans around the world raise a cheer. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Zoo's New Reptile Walk

San Diego Zoo's New Reptile Walk

Chinese alligators, mossy tree frogs, and snack-necked turtles will call it home. Read »

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Butterfly Jungle Opens

Butterfly Jungle Opens

How many winged beauties will land on your head? 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.