<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Worth the Drive]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/blogs/worth-the-drive http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:13:05 -0800Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:13:05 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Palm Springs Snazz: Cake & Cocktails]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:06:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/cakeslice9028932cocktail.jpg
Indulge with historian Charles Phoenix at the Monkey Tree Hotel.

Photo Credit: Cake/Cocktail]]>
<![CDATA[Romance in the Redwoods: Trees to Slugs]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:04:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/redwoods123GettyImages-177068764.jpg
Connect with nature on the Sunday before Valentine's Day.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Poppy Bloom: Volunteer at Antelope Valley]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:29:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/poppyvolunteers932822.jpg
Want to help out in the Poppy Reserve this season? Here's your chance.

Photo Credit: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve]]>
<![CDATA[Bodie Calendar Contest: Send in Your Top Pics]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:25:40 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bodiehouseagp.jpg
Adore the ghost town? You might see your photography in the 2018 calendar.

Photo Credit: Bodie]]>
<![CDATA[Literary Lark: Riverside Dickens Festival]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:59:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/DickensFestival1_crDickensFestival.jpg
Bustles, top hats, and other sartorial touches'll reign at the annual lit-and-more merriment.

Photo Credit: Dickens Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Hollywood Roosevelt: Awards Season Packages]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:25:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Roosevelthotelawardsshow1234.jpg
Attend an Oscar-viewing party in the very spot where the ceremony was first held.

Photo Credit: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Catalina Express: Two-for-One Birthday Deal]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:24:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AvalonPostcardcatexpress.jpg
Savor a (birth)day out on an island with your best bud (for less).

Photo Credit: Catalina Express]]>
<![CDATA[Desert Spring Show: Almost Flower Time]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:24:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wildflowerfurnace929390232.jpg
The moment has arrived to ponder your overnight arrangements.

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Snowy Outing at Lassen Volcanic]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:17:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lassenvolcanic29382033923.JPG
Join a park ranger for a snowshoe tromp through the gorgeous, peak-pretty landscape.

Photo Credit: NPS]]>
<![CDATA[Peking Acrobats in Long Beach]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:57:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ThePekingAcrobats.CreditTomMeinhold+%282%29.jpg
Thrill to athletic skills and graceful movements, at the Carpenter Center.

Photo Credit: Tom Meinhold]]>
<![CDATA[Cali4nia Pass Free (After Four Lessons)]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:01:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bbmr-20free-20pass-20blank23.jpg
Brush up on your slope-swift moves and score a way to ski more.

Photo Credit: Big Bear Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Newport Dunes: Winter Q & Expo]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:13:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-553331617.jpg
Watch 50 grill-awesome teams cook up their best barbecue at the ocean-close destination.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Sea Lion Anniversary: Pier 39 Fun]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:10:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pier39GettyImages-78418452+%281%29.jpg
Mark the 27th year since the star pinnipeds arrived at the San Francisco attraction.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Wine Country Mmm: Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:01:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_74171587.jpg
Vino is a star, as are a number of foodie favorites around the grape-laden region.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Mondo Movie Fest in the American Riviera]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:30:10 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/sbifftheater928923.jpg
The February film party is one of the major happenings on the Santa Barbara calendar.

Photo Credit: SBIFF]]>
<![CDATA[Ski Fun at Yosemite National Park]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:00:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/YSSA645.jpg
Rent snowshoes at Nordic Center or nab a pair of poles for cross-country adventure.

Photo Credit: Ryan Alonzo]]>
<![CDATA[Mendo Wine & Crab Fest]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:59:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ccco-4mendo.jpg
Get your crab-cakin' on along the pretty ocean-close stretch.

Photo Credit: a]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Pit Time: Lake Tahoe Cozy]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:18:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/firepitbythelaketahoehyatt.jpg
Throw on an extra shawl and relax at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort.

Photo Credit: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Creekside Inn in Palo Alto: 2017 Package]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:52:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/creeksidepalo17.jpg
Book the "American Breakfast" and get fortified before your day out.

Photo Credit: Creekside Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Santa's Village: Winter Wonderland Festivities]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:30:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/svlasnowman12345.jpg
There's true snow up the hill, near Lake Arrowhead, too.

Photo Credit: Santa's Village]]>
<![CDATA[Pier 39 Turns 39]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:37:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/p39sfGettyImages-97054323.jpg
Stop by the San Francisco destination any Friday from January through October.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Death Valley Valentine's: Romantic Getaway]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:09:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FC-Inn-Room_DeluxeKing2romance.jpg
February is gorgeous in the national park.

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Queen Mary New: Local Band Hangout]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:16:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/QueenMary_52464388.jpg
Dance aboard the famous ocean-liner to a host of rockin' live sounds.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[June Mountain: Kids Ski for Free]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:53:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/cafammtn3june.jpg
Have a snow-obsessed tot? They could hit the Sierra slopes, gratis-like.

Photo Credit: June Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Ojai's Orange-Yummy Outings]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:32:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/edt-2012-tangerinetango-179806014.jpg
Tour Friend's Ranch and discover the scintillating world of citrus growing.

Photo Credit: UIG via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Riverside County Fair: Summer in Wintertime]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:32:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/fairride923929392.jpg
The National Date Festival is also a part of the February party.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Cool: Dance Weekend in Monterey]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 15:09:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/swingdancers+use.jpg
Zumba to West Coast Swing: Shake your stuff at this stylish celebration.

Photo Credit: Dance]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Sweet: Girl Scout Cookie Desserts]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:52:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/girlscoutcookies_722x406_2183406998.jpg
Thin Mints and other sweet classics'll pop up in interesting dishes around mid-January.

Photo Credit: Girl Scout Cookies]]>
<![CDATA[Desert by Night: 'Park After Dark']]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:19:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/livingdesertpad3.jpg
Spy nocturnal critters at the every-so-often Living Desert to-do.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Yount Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Horsetail Fall: Yosemite's February Show]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:41:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HorsetailFallChrisF.jpg
Be in the valley juuust as the setting sun sets the water "afire" (or magically seems to).

Photo Credit: Chris Falkenstein]]>
<![CDATA[Free Fun: Sacramento Museum Day]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:43:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DiscoveryMuseumDayPlasmaBall2_22013.jpg
Enjoy gratis or half-price admission at a caboodle of Capital City institutions.

Photo Credit: Discovery Museum]]>
<![CDATA[Mojave Maxine: Awaiting a Desert Superstar]]> Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:30:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/livingdesertmojavemaxine.jpg
Students will guess when The Living Desert tortoise will emerge from her burrow.

Photo Credit: The Living Desert]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Flavor: Winter Wine Classic]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:20:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/shutterstock_43667188.jpg
Prepare for "nearly 100 classic California wines" at this American Riviera soiree.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Wintertime Package: Escape to Catalina]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:09:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AvalonAerial_2015_423.jpg
Book the "Season of Escape" package and enjoy an Avalon overnight.

Photo Credit: Santa Catalina Island Company]]>
<![CDATA[Ski Resorts: Big Snowy Action]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 21:35:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2016-12-24_ACTION_POWDER_PMM_1740.jpg
Mammoth Mountain is fully open, and Squaw Valley is seeing major flakeage.

Photo Credit: Peter Morning]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Winter Trails Month]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:04:18 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CTTC150420125730_007.jpg
Strap on the snowshoes or try out cross country at a Januarytime happening.

Photo Credit: Visit California/David Collier]]>
<![CDATA[Migration Fest at Natural Bridges]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:16:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/NaturalBridgesStateBeach_CalStateParks.jpg
Love upon whales and winged things near Santa Cruz.

Photo Credit: a]]>
<![CDATA[Savor Sonoma Valley: Springtime Sips]]> Sun, 01 Jan 2017 10:03:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kimcarroll.comsavor16.jpg
Bid farewell to wintertime while calling upon your favorite Glen Ellen and Kenwood wineries.

Photo Credit: KimCarroll.com]]>
<![CDATA[Global Gathering: California Worldfest]]> Sun, 01 Jan 2017 10:03:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/guitarshutterstock29382232.jpg
Buy your ticket early for the Julytime jubilee and save.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Kilt Confab: Queen Mary's ScotsFestival]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:05:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/QueenMaryScottishFest_QM_14.jpg
Bagpipes, sheep, athletics, and tartans return to the Long Beach landmark.

Photo Credit: Queen Mary]]>
<![CDATA[January Jaunt: Winter WINEland]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:04:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/winter9239232.jpg
Taste your way through a trio of Northern Sonoma County valleys.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[June Lake Winter Festival]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:09:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/snowshutterstock29323.jpg
Snow sculptures, chilly strolls, and the Triple Threat Winter Triathalon are favorites at this frosty hoedown.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Ocean Ornamental: Red Coco Worm Wallpaper]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:56:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/red-coco-worm-d-small.jpg
Monterey Bay Aquarium's "sea"sonal gift is sweet.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Forks Ready: California Restaurant Month]]> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:06:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/shutterstock9204924323.jpg
The January state-wider of a eats-focused fest has deals and interesting meals.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Fromage Fest: California's Artisan Cheese]]> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:05:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fonduecheese9283232.jpg
Plates out, Petaluma, for some truly cream-tastic delectables.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Dorling Kindersley]]>
<![CDATA[Catalina Express: Best of Winter Deals]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:57:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/catalinaexpress12345.jpg
It's time for an island getaway in the heart of the chilliest season.

Photo Credit: Catalina Express]]>
<![CDATA[Cosmic: Death Valley Star Celebration]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:18:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/dvstarnight12345.jpg
Admire the wider universe from this desert-based winter must-do.

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Tournament of Roses: Your Flowery 411]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:23:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rpGettyImages-503125192.jpg
Bandfest, float decorating, and more bloomy to-dos festoon the grand celebration.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Buena Park: Winter Family Discounts]]> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 10:31:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/xcelerator_knotts_berry_farm_mom_and_son%283%29.jpg
Enjoy kid-cool discounts at Knott's Berry Farm, Pirate's Dinner Adventure...

Photo Credit: Visit Buena Park]]>
<![CDATA[Western Monarch Day in Pismo Beach]]> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:54:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/monarch1.jpg
It's a joyful bash that's about as butterfly-y as bashes get.

Photo Credit: Lori Palicka]]>