<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Worth the Drive]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/blogs/worth-the-drive http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:42:04 -0700 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:42:04 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trees Are A-Turning: Mono County Fall]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:10:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/monocountyfallcolorsept.jpg
Red and yellow leaves are fluttering near the 395. Need a free foliage map?

Photo Credit: Mono County Tourism]]>
<![CDATA[Detective Dogs: Bodie Spotlights Canine Forensics Team]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:42:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/bodiedogs1234.jpg
The pups have helped find centuries-old gravesites around the ghost town.

Photo Credit: Bodie Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego October: Free Admission for Kids at 30+ Museums]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:37:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/octobersdkidmuseum1.jpg
It's year four for the much-attended month-long promotion.

Photo Credit: San Diego Museum Council]]>
<![CDATA[Brine It Up: Eatery Offers 60+ Oyster Varieties]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:33:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kingoystersept.jpg
Grab a wedge of lemon and squeeze, oysterians.

Photo Credit: King's Fish House]]>
<![CDATA[Apple Days Blossom in Oak Glen]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:52:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/Health-Foods-Apples.jpg
Fruit fans: Ready yourself for three months of u-pick, homespun to-dos, and cider donuts.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Death Valley's Happening Nightlife Scene]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:13:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/furnacecreekevening1.jpg
The clubs are few -- well, non-existent -- but the spectacular show? So rich.

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek]]>
<![CDATA[Gyro, Ouzo, Dance: Long Beach Greek Festival]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:10:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/lbcgreekfest213.jpg
The "By the Sea" celebration turns 65 in 2014.

Photo Credit: Long Beach Greek Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Bacon, Brews, and San Diego]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:27:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/f95c19265b194c9fb6cad311de120434.jpg
It's a soiree with sizzle.

Photo Credit: Bacon]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:38:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/vulturewidewingsb.jpg
One of the classic birds of autumn fiction gets its moment in the sun.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Herbie Hancock + Monterey Jazz + Legendary Music]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:14:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hh184242433.jpg
The last weekend of summer means cool sounds near the Bay.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 10th: The "Sideways" Celebrations Grow]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:37:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/sideways10.jpg
The parties are bubbling, like sparkling wine, around Santa Ynez Valley.

Photo Credit: Sideways]]>
<![CDATA[Bob Hope: Queen Mary Remembers the Legend]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:15:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bobhopequeenmary1.jpg
An exhibit celebrating the "American Treasure" is in Long Beach through January.

Photo Credit: Queen Mary]]>
<![CDATA[Sunset Soiree: Savor the Central Coast]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:34:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/brittanyapp13savor.jpg
Adventure tours and special dinners festoon the foodie-famous to-do.

Photo Credit: Brittany App]]>
<![CDATA[Last-Minute Labor Day: San Francisco Deal]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:12:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hoteldelsoljoie1.jpg
Land at a Joie de Vivre property and save 20%.

Photo Credit: Hotel del Sol]]>
<![CDATA[Coronado Oompah: The Sunniest Oktoberfest Around]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:31:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sundeckcoronado1.jpg
The Del's deck'll serve up brews, schnitzel, fall festiveness.

Photo Credit: Hotel del Coronado]]>
<![CDATA[Hello, September: It's Wine Month, California]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:51:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/californiawines_1234.jpg
Hikes, dinners, and beverage-fun bashes fill out the calendar.

Photo Credit: California Wines]]>
<![CDATA[Look Up: Wings Over Camarillo]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:37:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wingscamarilloocean.jpg
The good-sized air show draws 15,000 fans for two days of loops, feats, and thrilling fly-bys.

Photo Credit: Wings Over Camarillo]]>
<![CDATA[Fashion Up, Theme Parkers: Disneyland Dapper Day]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:12:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/dapperalbertsanchez1+-+Copy.jpg
Swells in boaters, scarves, and stockings get gussy at biannual event.

Photo Credit: Albert Sanchez]]>
<![CDATA[Posh Style: The Look of SLS Las Vegas]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:31:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/slsvegasdebut.jpg
The new, 3-towered hotel, set for an Aug. 23 opening, was designed by Philippe Starck.

Photo Credit: SLS Las Vegas]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 98th, National Park Service]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:16:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/joshuatree.jpg
The venerable system marks the occasion by waiving admission at dozens of parks.

Photo Credit: David McNew/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Plummy Times at Old World Huntington Beach]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:44:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/plumfest_getty.jpg
Can't wait for Oktoberfest? There's a fruit-tastic fest first.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[250k+ Car Fans: Route 66 Cruisin' Reunion]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:51:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rt66reunion.jpg
Classic autos'll park for the huge (huge huge) Ontario celebration.

Photo Credit: Jamie Scott Lyle]]>
<![CDATA[New Leaf-Tracking Map: California Fall Foliage Blog]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:06:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/196*120/autumnleavessunlight1.jpg
Where will the Golden State's trees start to turn first?

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:56:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/santabarbarasafari123.JPG
Book a vintage beauty and round out the summer with a little R&R.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Silver Safari]]>
<![CDATA[Mud Mania at Rancho Los Cerritos]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:06:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/189*120/rancholoscerritosmud1.jpg
The historic abode gets messy, has fun while teaching about adobe.

Photo Credit: Rancho Los Cerritos]]>
<![CDATA[Coming Attractions, Stage-Style: Segerstrom Sneak Preview]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:01:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Pippin_05_300h.jpg
Eager for the coming season at the Costa Mesa culture-cool favorite?

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Hounds Hit the H20: Surf Dog]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:06:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/delmardogsurf12.jpg
The surf-a-thon hangs twenty in Del Mar, to help pups in need.

Photo Credit: Surf Dog Surf-a-thon]]>
<![CDATA[Westerns Rule the Lone Pine Film Festival]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:51:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/alabamalonepinefilm.jpg
The Alabama Hills-close town fetes the genre it helped make famous.

Photo Credit: Lone Pine Film Festival]]>
<![CDATA[OC Feast: PigOut 3.0]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:07:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/pigoutpicture1.jpg
The Templeton Rye Heritage Pork Project calls upon Costa Mesa.

Photo Credit: PigOut 3.0]]>
<![CDATA[San Francisco Remembers: Robin Williams Mini Film Fest]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:43:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mrs+Doubtfire.jpg
Three films and his last HBO comedy special will roll, back-to-back.

Photo Credit: Mrs. Doubtfire]]>
<![CDATA[Headed for SoCal: California Beer Festival]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:09:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CaliforniaBeerFestival2010.jpg
The traveling suds show turns southward, with local craft favorites in tow.

Photo Credit: California Beer Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Car Week: Monterey's Got the Gleam]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:19:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/montereycarweek2452.jpg
Maserati, Ruxton, and Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa are three of the shiny stars.

Photo Credit: Monterey Car Week]]>
<![CDATA[Good Vibes Up the Mountain: Idyllwild Jazz Fest]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:14:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/idyllwildjazz2345.jpg
The two-day sound party is all about higher elevations, fine vibrations.

Photo Credit: Idyllwild Jazz Festival]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Swank: Tiki Convention]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:18:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MarinatheFireEatingMermaid.jpg
Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and more cool people party, retro-style.

Photo Credit: Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Zoo: Peek Inside the Animal Food Kitchen]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:20:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ridleysbzoo1.jpg
How do the beasties' bites come together? A new area lets you see.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[50+ Libations: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:54:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sbtequila234.jpg
Sample some of the deepest, smokiest beverages (and learn about the sips).

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrate in Santa Ana: OC Pride]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:59:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/gay+pride+use.jpg
A festival, a dance tent, and other merry-fun to-dos make for a celebratory Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[A Year to Go: Disney D23 Expo Tickets Go on Sale]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:37:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/183*120/expod23mickey1.jpg
Want to start the 52-week countdown now, Mouseketeers?

Photo Credit: D23 Expo]]>
<![CDATA[Butter's Melting: Lobsterfest at Newport Beach]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 22:27:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/newportlobster2421.jpg
Autumn is clearly on the way 'round these SoCal parts.

Photo Credit: Lobsterfest at Newport Beach]]>
<![CDATA[The Budweiser Clydesdales Clip-Clop Into Costa Mesa]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:52:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/clydesdalesoc234.jpg
The famous manes will welcome the return of the OC Market Place.

Photo Credit: Budweiser Clydesdales]]>
<![CDATA[Feathers in Flight: A Condor Celebration]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:59:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CondorObserve.jpg
See a condor and a few raptors and help out the majestic, big-winged bird.

Photo Credit: Ventana Wildlife Society]]>
<![CDATA[Death Valley's "Cold" Day in Summer]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 09:27:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/deathvalleysanddunesfurnace.jpg
The hottest place on the planet didn't hit 90 degrees on an August day. Really.

Photo Credit: Ranch at Furnace Creek]]>
<![CDATA[Vino on the Mountain: Mammoth Wine Weekend]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 09:27:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wine-bottles.gif
A Village Wine Walk and a Tour of California Wine Dinner are two tasty highlights.

Photo Credit: wine]]>
<![CDATA[Heritage Tour: Ye Olde Ghost Town Road Trip]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:19:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bodieaurora112.jpg
Spend the middle of September visiting Bodie, Aurora, and Masonic.

Photo Credit: Bodie Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Coronado Ups the "Oz"]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:20:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/woz.jpg
Shops along the island's main thoroughfare pay tribute to Baum's fantasy work.

Photo Credit: MGM]]>
<![CDATA[Oh, It's On: Napa Valley Harvest 2014]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:30:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/grapes_vineyard_winefest.jpg
Thought it might be a few weeks away? Au contraire, oenophiles.

Photo Credit: grapes]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs Modernism: Retro Yard Sale]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 09:36:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RetroYardSaleModernism1.jpg
The goodie-filled to-do is just one of the events at the big fall gathering.

Photo Credit: Modernism Week]]>
<![CDATA[Koalas Behind the Scenes: A New San Diego Zoo Tour]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:12:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/koalanewtoursd.jpg
See keepers prepare the marsupials' meals and visit the "bachelor pad."

Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs Gem: Thursday Night VillageFest]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:13:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/villagefestpinksky.jpg
What it is about: Beautiful sunsets, easy strolling, and food purveyors galore.

Photo Credit: Ron Niebrugge/wildnatureimages]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 90th, Old Spanish Days]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:03:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/oldspanishdays90th.jpg
Santa Barbara's historic summertime festival brims with parades, mercados.

Photo Credit: Old Spanish Days]]>