Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Catalina Film Festival

Santa Catalina Film Festival

Ed Begley, Jr. and All-4-One head for the island cineparty. Read »

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Art Fair & Exhibition

Catalina Art Fair & Exhibition

It's a springtime stroll-and-shop party that's just steps from the Pacific. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Flying Fish Festival Contest

Flying Fish Festival Contest

Catalina's famous, fin-laden superstars will be gaining air, and you could be there. 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 »

Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Waters Get Scuba-Spiffy

Catalina Waters Get Scuba-Spiffy

Divers are cleaning up Avalon Bay on Feb. 26. Also: an island-based nest cam. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

2011 Catalina Marathon

2011 Catalina Marathon

You, an island, and 26.2 miles. Oh. And maybe buffalo? Yes! 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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