Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina's Amazing Airborne Aquatic Stars

Catalina's Amazing Airborne Aquatic Stars

It's nearly that season, flying fish fans. Read »

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 6:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Luxury Zip Trip: Crossing Catalina Canyons

Luxury Zip Trip: Crossing Catalina Canyons

Ready to helmet up and go flying, island adventurers? Read »

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 6:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island: Peek Beneath the Boat

Catalina Island: Peek Beneath the Boat

The iconic sail truly puts the ocean under your feet. Read »

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two-Wheeling It on Catalina Island

Two-Wheeling It on Catalina Island

Rolling around Avalon? Going more adventurous? Yes to both! Read »

Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cinematic Isle: Catalina Film Festival

Cinematic Isle: Catalina Film Festival

Sharon Stone is an honoree at the 2013 island-based soiree. Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your Avalon Centennial Planner

Your Avalon Centennial Planner

The island-sweet deals continue throughout the year (but the year is going). Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 6:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Harbors Treat: Discover Catalina Package

Two Harbors Treat: Discover Catalina Package

Long to try both island cities over one trip? You can. Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Ready to waterski to Catalina Island? And back? Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 100th, Avalon!

Happy 100th, Avalon!

Catalina Island's biggest city throws a centennial party. Read »

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Times on Catalina Island

Hot Times on Catalina Island

The vintage Avalon Ball extends to an entire weekend. 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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