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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Classic: Bouquets That Look Like Famous Art

Artists create floral arrangements that pay tribute to paintings and sculptures. View gallery »

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Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and more cool people party, retro-style. Read »

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Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coronado Ups the "Oz"

Coronado Ups the "Oz"

Shops along the island's main thoroughfare pay tribute to Baum's fantasy work. Read »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Art-Flower Mash-Up

San Diego Art-Flower Mash-Up

Bouquet designers pay homage to great paintings and sculptures. Read »

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Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Holiday: Jungle Bells

San Diego Holiday: Jungle Bells

The San Diego Zoo's end-of-the-year rrowr is in full effect. Read »

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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.