Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

JazzTrax: Catalina Island's Smooth Jazz October

JazzTrax: Catalina Island's Smooth Jazz October

Saxes'll sound all across Avalon. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island's Swashbuckling Weekend

Catalina Island's Swashbuckling Weekend

Play dress-up pirate at Two Harbors. Read »

Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Red Carpet on the Island: Catalina Film Festival

Red Carpet on the Island: Catalina Film Festival

William H. Macy and Andy Garcia are on tap for the sand-close cinema party. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zip by Night: A Catalina Island Adventure

Zip by Night: A Catalina Island Adventure

Get a different view of the hilly burg as evening falls (and you zoom). Read »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island Beach Parties

Catalina Island Beach Parties

Savor sun and sand on an out-in-the-ocean burg. Read »

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 5:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer Hiking on Catalina Island

Summer Hiking on Catalina Island

Is this the season you finally explore the interior of the island? Read »

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Island Eats: Avalon Restaurant Week

Island Eats: Avalon Restaurant Week

Heading to Catalina for the Flying Fish Festival? Best tie that bib on. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Harbors High Jinks: Shipwreck Weekend

Two Harbors High Jinks: Shipwreck Weekend

Make for the other end of Catalina Island for a spirited party. Read »

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 »

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.