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Catalina Express ferries travelers to island adventures added miles of trails, and the Catalina Trailhead Visitor Center is currently under construction in downtown Avalon. It is expected to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019. For more information about Catalina Express and attrac- tions on the island, contact Carol Elliott at carol@catalina express.com or go to catalinaexpress.com. Catalina Express has been ferrying passengers to Catalina Island for more than 35 years, beginning with a single boat for island-based commuters. Today, the company offers daily departures from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point aboard its eight high-speed catamarans. The company makes comfort one of its priorities during the one-hour journey: Each vessel offers inside and outside seating, a full bar and private lounges available for reservation. Once on the island, visi- tors will find several new and updated attractions, excellent hiking and eco-friendly tours. The island has seen two new escape rooms open, the pirate- themed Catalina Room Escape and the Escape Room Catalina, which has puzzles that are revamped seasonally. To complement the indoor action, hikers can trek a section of the Trans-Catalina Trail. The 165-mile system of roads and View from Trans-Catalina Trail hiking paths includes 27 newly NTAonline.com 35