<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Worth the Drive]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/blogs/worth-the-drive http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usWed, 07 Dec 2016 00:45:16 -0800Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:45:16 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[First Day Hikes: New Year's Day Fun]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:50:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hike-shutterstock_89140801.jpg
Take a lung-filler of a breath and get moving on the first of January.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Little River Inn: Crab Fest Getaway]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:40:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LRI_DeckChairTwoTreeslg.jpg
Sign up for one of two crab-themed specials at the Mendo coastal property.

Photo Credit: Little River Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Fess Parker Inn: Romance Package]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:08:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fessparkereve.jpg
Love is in the (wine-wonderful) air of Los Olivos.

Photo Credit: Fess Parker Inn]]>
<![CDATA[SLS Beverly Hills: Holiday Indulgence]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:53:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/slsholiday02323.jpg
Enjoy an overnight plus a peppermint-posh spa treatment.

Photo Credit: SLS Beverly Hills]]>
<![CDATA[Desert Sky Show: Geminids and Ursids]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:52:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/desertgemGettyImages-107569159.jpg
The meteor shower makes its wowza return.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bright Boats of Channel Islands Harbor]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:16:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Christmaschannellights2932.jpg
It's a shore-close soiree with plenty of water-reflective lights.

Photo Credit: James L. Bass/Parade of Lights]]>
<![CDATA[Wintry Camping in Nevada City]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:00:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nccampIMG_8200.jpg
The Inn Town Campground welcomes holiday-happy vacationers.

Photo Credit: Erin Thiem]]>
<![CDATA[Desert Yuletide: La Quinta Resort & Club]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:24:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Christmas_Frontlaquinta1.jpg
Find your inner "It's a Wonderful Life" spirit at the historic property.

Photo Credit: La Quinta Resort & Spa]]>
<![CDATA[Evening Idyll: Cambria Christmas Market]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:41:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cambriadecmarket123.jpg
Wear something warm and shop/stroll the quaint village.

Photo Credit: Cambria Christmas Market]]>
<![CDATA[Furnace Creek's Pre-Holiday Deal]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:01:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/poolfurnacedecdeal.jpg
No stress here: Steal away to the desert when the bustle becomes too bustle-y.

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Leaves Hold On: Fall's Not Quite Done]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:26:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/%5BKNSD%5D+Fall_Leaves_generic_Image.jpg
Find hue-bright foliage before winter says its first hello.

Photo Credit: Leaves]]>
<![CDATA[Catalina Island's Festive December]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shutterstockxmashatpool123.jpg
A First Friday at the museum, shopping to-dos, and more dot the calendar.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Toot Toot: Muzeo Holiday Express]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:13:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/holidaymuzeotrains232112.jpg
Have some tracks around the base of your tree? Find inspiration and nifty sights at this train-tastic show.

Photo Credit: Muzeo]]>
<![CDATA[Encinitas Wow: Botanic Garden to Glow]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:20:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sdbg_rachelcobb1.JPG
The little lights will soon be on around the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Photo Credit: Rachel Cobb/San Diego Botanic Garden]]>
<![CDATA[Sippin' Street Fair: Ventura Wine Walk]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:43:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/shutterstockwine029223.jpg
Tastings, eats, shopping, and a snowfall give this annual party oomph.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Announced: Fee-Free 2017 NPS Days]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:01:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/feefreenpsGettyImages-450421924.jpg
Line up your money-saving visits to Death Valley, Yosemite...

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Condor Release at Redwood National Park]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:15:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Condor3redwood029823.jpg
The majestic and endangered birds will return to Yurok ancestral territory by the fall of 2019.

Photo Credit: Chris West/Yurok Tribe]]>
<![CDATA[WildLights: A Living Desert Tradition]]> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:31:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WildlightsDesert11.jpg
Take a sparkly stroll at the desert-based destination.

Photo Credit: The Living Desert]]>
<![CDATA[Swanky Bourbons: Copper Lounge]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:37:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/copperloungedintercon.jpg
The bar inside the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City offers 44 different variations on the spirit.

Photo Credit: The Copper Lounge]]>
<![CDATA[Fungi Face-Off: Big Sur Foragers Festival]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:07:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mushroombigsur1931232.jpg
A flavorful Fungi Face-Off is but one appetite-stoking event on the schedule.

Photo Credit: Big Sur Foragers Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Hearst Castle's Holiday Style]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:06:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hearst092923.jpg
The landmark at Enchanted Hill is decked out for the Christmas season.

Photo Credit: Hearst Castle]]>
<![CDATA[Watery Wonderful: Newport Dunes Lighting]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:59:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DunesLites23232.jpg
The Pacific-pretty scene is a California classic.

Photo Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Grass Valley Vibrant: Cornish Christmas]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:56:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/184*120/christmas+decorations.jpg
Go Gold Country and stroll about this sweet street fair.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Lights Train at Roaring Camp Railroads]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:35:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/roaringcamprailroad02183232.jpg
Warble a few timeless carols through the streets of Santa Cruz.

Photo Credit: Roaring Camp Railroads]]>
<![CDATA[Plaid Friday Amador]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:52:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/plaidGettyImages-82211436.jpg
If your Thanksgiving getaway involves Gold Country, don your plaid-iest get-up for this special event.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Market at Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:06:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/108hmb.jpg
Spend the Sunday before Christmas browsing gifts, noshing from food trucks, and enjoying views from the Ocean Lawn.

Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay]]>
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving at Safari West]]> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:28:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/meerkatssafarisantarosa.jpg
Enjoy a classic dinner at the 400-acre animal park.

Photo Credit: Safari West]]>
<![CDATA[Indio International Tamale Festival]]> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:52:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/75287822.jpg
Savor the marvel of masa at this desert-based Decembertime favorite.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Santa's on His Way to Nick's Cove]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:38:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/santatomalesbaykelliedelario.jpg
The Tomales Bay tradition finds Ol' Saint Nick arriving by boat.

Photo Credit: Kellie Delario]]>
<![CDATA[Island Amazing: Avalon Home Tour]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:02:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AvalonEast12345678.jpg
Peek inside some of the charming houses of Catalina Island.

Photo Credit: Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce]]>
<![CDATA[Greet 2017 on Catalina Island]]> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:34:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Casino_SCICo9898-horz.jpg
Bubbly, party favors, and the Pacific all add to the NYE ambiance.

Photo Credit: Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce/Bubbly]]>
<![CDATA[Up the Mountain: A Country Christmas]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:04:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/shutterstock_35920936.jpg
Julian's joyful tree lighting is just one part of its start-the-holidays party.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Feast with Snoopy]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:41:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tgivingsnoopysantarosa.jpg
Join the Charles M. Schulz Museum party on the Saturday before the holiday.

Photo Credit: Charles M. Schulz Museum]]>
<![CDATA[Surfin' Santa at Seaport Village]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:42:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/surfinsantaseaport16.jpg
The Jolly Ol' Elf makes his oh-so-California entrance at the shop-filled destination.

Photo Credit: Seaport Village]]>
<![CDATA[Snowy Santa Barbara: Snow Leopard Romp]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:53:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SBZooSnowLeopardFestivalSnow22323.jpg
The mysterious and majestic felines have their own festival.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Carmel Quaint: Inns of Distinction Tour]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:59:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Cypress+Inn_Fulls32.jpg
Call upon the sweet city's stay-over spots at this annual December event.

Photo Credit: Cypress Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Nation's Christmas Tree: Sequoia Ceremony]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:51:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trektothetreegrant123.jpg
"Trek to the Tree" and join a venerable December event.

Photo Credit: Sequoia & Kings Canyon Parks]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 39th, Victorian Christmas]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:28:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vicchristmasnc9328213.jpg
Travel back to 1890-ish at Nevada City's venerable December lark.

Photo Credit: Nevada City Chamber]]>
<![CDATA[Modernism Week 2017: Tickets on Sale]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:19:25 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CalienteTropics2JakeHolt.jpg
The most mondo mid-century party around includes tours, talks, and lots more.

Photo Credit: Jake Holt Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Holidays High Up: Tram Tree]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:01:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pstramxmastreeblue9022.jpg
The sparkler, which sits far above Palm Springs, is a December desert icon.

Photo Credit: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway]]>
<![CDATA[5 Hikes for 50 Years: Anza-Borrego Adventure]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:59:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TopofIndianHeadanzaborrego.jpg
Explore California's largest state park while completing a quintet of desert-amazing rambles.

Photo Credit: Anza Borrego Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[New: Tanaka Farms Fall Harvest Tour]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:44:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/pumpkinbetter.jpg
Try seasonal veges, visit the corn maze, and enjoy autumnal activities at the Irvine grower.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Sacramento Seasonal: Free Theatre of Lights]]> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:51:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TheatreofLightsbyCharrCrail.jpg
The "state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology" spectacular takes place in Old Sacramento. Bonus? It's free.

Photo Credit: Charr Crail]]>
<![CDATA[Drakesbad Guest Ranch: Book Now for 2017]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:32:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/drakesbadguest1.jpg
Plan your next-summer stay at the electricity-free cabins inside Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Photo Credit: Drakesbad Guest Ranch]]>
<![CDATA[Westin St. Francis Holiday]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:39:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WSFExteriorIceSkating.jpg
The Sweet Boutique, celebratory suppers, and conviviality fill the Union Square hotel's festive calendar.

Photo Credit: The Westin St. Francis]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Arrives Early in Laguna Beach]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:45:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/SawdustLagunaXmas2012.jpg
Shop for handmade goodies at one of California's quaintest markets.

Photo Credit: Sawdust Winter Fantasy]]>
<![CDATA[Madonna Inn: Seasonal Celebratory Supping]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:26:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/madonnainnholiday234.jpg
Do up Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner in the state's sparkliest, goldest, flower-laden-iest dining room.

Photo Credit: Madonna Inn]]>
<![CDATA[OC Ice: Winter Fest to Twirl Again]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:35:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shutterstockice928323223.jpg
Find ice tubing, carnival rides, warm drinks, and cozy seasonal details in Costa Mesa.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Thanks-Gibbon]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:27:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/happythanksgibbon9382.jpg
Support the Santa Clarita conservation center at this early holiday celebration.

Photo Credit: Gibbon Conservation Center]]>
<![CDATA[Bodie State Historic Park: Winter Hours Begin]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:18:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bodieBettySederquist.jpg
Spy the ghost town in the quiet of the colder season.

Photo Credit: Betty Sederquist]]>