Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Go to Catalina, for Free, Every Day, for 100 Days

Go to Catalina, for Free, Every Day, for 100 Days

The Catalina Express has an offbeat way to mark Avalon's centennial. Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Ready to waterski to Catalina Island? And back? Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 100th, Avalon!

Happy 100th, Avalon!

Catalina Island's biggest city throws a centennial party. Read »

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Times on Catalina Island

Hot Times on Catalina Island

The vintage Avalon Ball extends to an entire weekend. Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zooming Down the Hills of Catalina

Zooming Down the Hills of Catalina

Elite skaters zoom down over a mile of hilly Catalina Island. Read »

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 »

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Shipwreck Weekend at Two Harbors

Shipwreck Weekend at Two Harbors

Dig Buccaneer Days? A springtime companion sails this way. 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 »

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, 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 »

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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.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

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

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
Alysia Gray Painter Alysia Gray Painter has 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.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.