Just 20-odd miles from a number of California ports, Catalina Island has undergone countless incarnations. Home to Native Americans for centuries, it was later an outpost for pirates, smugglers, miners and the military. In the 1900s, chewing-gum guru William Wrigley Jr. turned it into the training camp for the Chicago Cubs and a Hollywood hideaway for movie stars of the era.
The fascinating history of Catalina is documented with entertaining, informative graphics and prose at the new Catalina Island Museum, a modern 18,000-square-foot treasure in the heart of Avalon, the island's only incorporated city. Golf, bike, zip-line and enjoy countless watersports, shops and gourmet dining in this easily walkable city.