Save on admission at San Diego Zoo Safari Park and other wildlife sanctuaries, where you can see exotic creatures such as leggy giraffes, massive rhinos, and graceful gazelles.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Africa may be halfway around the globe, but the San Diego Zoo Safari Park brings the magic of the savanna within reach. Inside this 1,800-acre wildlife sanctuary in Escondido, Calif., 35 miles from the famed zoo, you can board the colorful Africa Tram to view leggy Uganda giraffes, massive rhinos, and graceful gazelles in a natural setting. Afterward, visit a baby gorilla named Monroe, spy elephants splashing in a shaded pool, or watch big cats sprint at speeds of nearly 70 mph in the afternoon cheetah run. (619) 718-3000, sdzsafaripark.com.
You can also visit Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore., to see and feed lions, hippos, and other wildlife. (541) 679-6761, wildlifesafari.net.
West Coast Game Park Safari
You can get closer at the West Coast Game Park Safari in Bandon, Ore., by walking among free-roaming creatures. (541) 347-3106.
Save 10 percent on one-day passes to the San Diego Zoo and the Africa Tram Safari, as well as Wild Safari and West Coast Game Park tickets, when you show your AAA membership card at the gate.
Photography courtesy of Joachim Huber/Wikipedia(zebra); Pranav Yaddanapudi/Wikipedia (blackbuck); Patrick Giraud/Wikipedia (leopard)
This article was first published in November 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.