Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Buccaneer Days at Two Harbors

Buccaneer Days at Two Harbors

Pirates set sail for a long-running Catalina Island fest. 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 »

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Catalina Island Classic

The Catalina Island Classic

You know the twisty hills near Avalon? Now imagine skateboarding down them. Read »

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 »

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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.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals, warmer weather -- yes, there are reasons to head south.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visitng Shamu at Sea World.

BAY'S BEST

Culture, wine, boating, hiking, beachcombing, museums. You don't have to drive far to get away.

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