Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Fish Shall Fly Again Near Catalina

The Fish Shall Fly Again Near Catalina

Is this the year you're finally going to see that wonder of Catalina Island? Read »

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sweethearts Day on Catalina Island

Sweethearts Day on Catalina Island

An island getaway that's not too far from home is very Valentine's to us. Read »

Friday, Jul 20, 2012 at 6:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Water Ski Race

Catalina Water Ski Race

Water ski to Avalon and back? A bunch of people are doing just that. Read »

Monday, Jun 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Catalina Land and Sea Adventure

New Catalina Land and Sea Adventure

Buffalo? Yes. Waves? Yes. Island-style fun? Big, big yes. Read »

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer Starts on Catalina Island

Summer Starts on Catalina Island

It's all about the Flying Fish as a famous ocean burg heads into June. Read »

Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island Ball

Catalina Island Ball

Love the old-school stylings of the big band era? Hop a boat for Avalon. Read »

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Swing Dance Festival

Catalina Swing Dance Festival

Registration is now open for a certain island's sock-hoppiest hullabaloo. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island Conservancy Ball

Catalina Island Conservancy Ball

Help an organization that helps Catalina. Oh, and shake your booty, too. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Avalon Ball Travel Package

Avalon Ball Travel Package

The Art Deco Society has a good stayover package. Bonus: behind-the-scenes tour. Read »

Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix

Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix

An island-based race with plenty of vroom-vroom. 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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