Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Absolutely Apes

Absolutely Apes

It's a four-day festival of beautiful primates at the San Diego Zoo. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 7:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A (Real) Polar Bear Plunge

A (Real) Polar Bear Plunge

Eager to see a real polar bear plunge? 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.