Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 at 7:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Film Fest Honors Stan Lee

Catalina Film Fest Honors Stan Lee

Nope, you don't need to wait for Comic-Con to get your Spidey on. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Flying Fish Festival

Flying Fish Festival

The befinned Catalina Island celebs prepare to mark their fest's half-decade mark. Read »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Express Extends Popular Birthday Deal

Catalina Express Extends Popular Birthday Deal

People loved it and the Catalina Express staffers extended it. Done and done. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Running Across Catalina

Running Across Catalina

The Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon presents hilly challenges and amazing ocean vistas. Read »

Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Island Valentine's

Island Valentine's

Massages, bubbly, and the all-important boat ride from the mainland are part of Catalina's Sweetheart Day specials. Read »

Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Night at the Casino

Night at the Casino

Do it up big (and island-style) during the final minutes of 2011. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Nighttime Zip Line

The Nighttime Zip Line

Catalina. You, in a helmet up high. The water and the moon. Done and done and done and done. Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Is your shopping done? Want to skip the early-morning lines? Grab a boat and head west. Read »

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

JazzTrax at 25

JazzTrax at 25

Catalina's swingingest multi-week music-athon marks a quarter century. 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 »

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.