<![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 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:44:58 -0700 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:44:58 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Car-Free Fun at Santa Barbara's Earth Day]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:00:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/carfreeamtraksb2.jpg
Hop a train to one of the oldest of the eco-nice bashes and maybe win a prize.

Photo Credit: Car-Free Santa Barbara]]>
<![CDATA[A Landmark Hotel's New Pet-Ready Programs]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:44:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/deldog2_1600x60013.jpg
Traveling with a particular pal? They'll get arf-worthy additions, at the Del.

Photo Credit: Hotel del Coronado]]>
<![CDATA[Gibbon Conservation Center Welcomes Baby Surprise]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:58:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gibboncenterbabysurprise.jpg
Mom Tuk delivered a baby girl at the Santa Clarita primates preserve.

Photo Credit: Gibbon Conservation Center]]>
<![CDATA[Easter Around the City by the Bay]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:08:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/bunny1.jpg
Posh hotel specials and lively go-outs; where will the Big Bunny lead you?

Photo Credit: Bunny]]>
<![CDATA[Rockin' Rockabilly Summit: Viva Las Vegas]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:55:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RayCollinsandTheHotClub_MilaReynard.jpg
Prepare for the beauty of Brylcreemed hair, hot rods, and slick tunes.

Photo Credit: Mila Reynard]]>
<![CDATA[Beachy Breezes: California Wine Festival]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:30:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CWFestivalOC.jpg
The two-stop sip scene lands in Dana Point at the end of April.

Photo Credit: California Wine Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Fab Flicks: Newport Beach Film Festival]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:26:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jadoonbfilmfest.jpeg
International flicks shine in the swanky ocean-close burg.

Photo Credit: Jadoo the Movie]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Cute: A Zoo Star in the Making]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:05:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/OrangClimbSDWeb_4.jpg
The orangutan baby's mom has been giving her "a gentle push" onto the ropes.

Photo Credit: Ken Bohn]]>
<![CDATA[Seasonal Debuts: Yosemite Stables and Bikes]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:11:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trailrideyosemite98.jpg
The openings provide more signs that finer weather is on the way, to stay.

Photo Credit: Yosemite National Park]]>
<![CDATA[Wacky Roadsters: Kinetic Grand Championship]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:25:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kineticferndale9854.jpg
A Humboldt Bay favorite is gearin' up for gettin' weird.

Photo Credit: Tina Kerrigan Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Cruise Ship First: An On-Land Wine Fest]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:27:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wine-shutterstock_58783378.jpg
Celebrity Cruises helms the "industry's first land-based" wine bash.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Move Over, Hidden Mickeys: Disneyland Launches an Egg Search]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:09:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/disneyeggs2014.jpeg
A special map, a special event, and springtime searching? It's on, Mouseketeers.

Photo Credit: Disneyland]]>
<![CDATA[Mega Run: Badwater Goes Salton Sea]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:19:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Salton+Sea1.jpg
Runners'll traverse 81 miles of desert over two days.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Outside Lands: The 2014 Line-Up]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:13:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/outsidelands_a150243019%281%29.jpg
The early August songfest hums and sings in Golden Gate Park.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Spring Flowers: Death Valley's "Wild Surprise"]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:38:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/dvflowers_6.jpg
A bigger bloom than expected, given the dry winter, is popping in the desert.

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Join a Giant Small World Sing-a-Long]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:41:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/smallworlddisney8.jpg
Fans'll warble the famous tune in honor of the ride's 50th.

Photo Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Specials at Pebble Beach]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:24:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PebbleBeachGolfLinksJoannDost.jpg
Can't make the big food and wine shindig? More pleasures await.

Photo Credit: Joann Dost]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Landmark Gets Beachier]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:34:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/beachservicehoteldel.jpg
Chaise lounges and fringed umbrellas will debut in time for summer.

Photo Credit: Hotel del Coronado]]>
<![CDATA[Historic Holiday: La Quinta Easter]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:12:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/ShirleyTempleEasterPhotoLaQuintaResort.jpg
An egg hunt on the flowery grounds is a springtime highlight at the desert favorite.

Photo Credit: La Quinta Resort & Club]]>
<![CDATA[One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:05:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bacon16.jpg
San Diego County Fair and the Queen Mary are about to get salty-sizzly.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Art-Flower Mash-Up]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:46:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/artaliverotundaflowers.JPG
Bouquet designers pay homage to great paintings and sculptures.

Photo Credit: The San Diego Museum of Art]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Cool: Behind-the-Scenes Octopuses]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 11:21:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/tentaclesmontereybayrandywilder35.jpg
All over cuttlefishes? Enter a contest to see how an exhibit comes together

Photo Credit: Randy Wilder/Monterey Bay Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Sin City's Star Sips: UNLVino]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:40:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bubbleliciousvolunteervegas.jpg
The mega Vegas wine event marks its 40th year.

Photo Credit: a]]>
<![CDATA[Shadow of the Moon Star Party]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:58:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shadowofthemoon_dennism.jpg
A full eclipse of our lunar neighbor is due, and Borrego Springs is looking up.

Photo Credit: Dennis Mammana]]>
<![CDATA[Golden State Inns Make Wacky Top Ten]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:17:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/featherbedcloseup2.jpg
The Featherbed Railroad and the Queen Mary make the Hotels.com cut.

Photo Credit: Featherbed Railroad]]>
<![CDATA[Two Harbors High Jinks: Shipwreck Weekend]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:30:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shipwreckcatalina876.jpg
Make for the other end of Catalina Island for a spirited party.

Photo Credit: Shipwreck Catalina]]>
<![CDATA[Skiing on Memorial Day: It's Happening]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:34:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mammothaprilsnow3445.jpg
Shorts and snow boards? Mammoth plans to make it so.

Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Fab Photo Contest: The Flower Fields]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:35:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/flowerfieldsphoto1345.jpg
Crazy for the colorful Carlsbad destination? Show your bud love.

Photo Credit: The Flower Fields]]>
<![CDATA[A Trip Back to Vintage Anaheim]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:24:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/charlesphoenixdland1.jpg
History-mad entertainer Charles Phoenix returns to the Disneyland of yore.

Photo Credit: Charles Phoenix]]>
<![CDATA[The Llamas of El Capitan Canyon]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:13:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/llamaelcap1.jpg
An animal-sweet dose of springtime, found close to a rustic beach.

Photo Credit: El Capitan Canyon]]>
<![CDATA[Campground Openings: Yosemite Getaway]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:09:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/186*120/yosemite15.jpg
Ready to sleep under the stars and giant trees?

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Cultural Treats Aplenty: Indian Wells Arts Festival]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:35:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/thefamily_davidfalossi_1.jpg
Over 200 contemporary artists display their pieces at this desert favorite.

Photo Credit: David Falossi]]>
<![CDATA[April Is Pixie Month in Ojai]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:17:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/pixietimeojai.jpg
A bright and tart fruit has a starring role throughout the month.

Photo Credit: Pixies]]>
<![CDATA[Water Wonders: Tentacles Exhibit in Monterey]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:02:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/tentaclesmba.jpg
Octopuses, Squid, and Cuttlefishes get their moment in a mondo new show.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder]]>
<![CDATA[Posh Wheels: La Jolla Concours D'Elegance]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:14:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jollaconcours234.JPG
The finest fenders'll park for a weekend-long party at The Cove.

Photo Credit: La Jolla Historical Society]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 50th, it's a Small World]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:13:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/smallworlddisney8.jpg
The song-famous Disney attraction reaches its half-century marker.

Photo Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer]]>
<![CDATA[Easter Arrives Early in Orange]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:35:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bunnyirvineregional1.jpg
The Big Bunny is set for his Irvine Regional Park debut.

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad]]>
<![CDATA[Morro Bay's Exceptional April]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:23:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MorroBayKitesBackdrop.jpg
A citywide yard sale, a kite festival, and 50th anniversary to-dos? You betcha.

Photo Credit: Morro Bay Kite Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Hot Clubs: Golfing in Death Valley]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:22:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/deathvalleygolfspringfling.jpg
Ready for the Spring Fling, golfers? How about June's Heat Stroke?

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek]]>
<![CDATA[Re-Debut: Ritz-Carlton at Rancho Mirage]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:05:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ranchoritzopening.jpg
An elegant desert getaway prepares for a splashy bow.

Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton]]>
<![CDATA[Rare Chance: Explore a New Channel Islands Spot]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:57:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/willowsanchorageislandpackers.jpg
Island Packers will make a run to a pretty and remote beach at the end of April.

Photo Credit: Island Packers]]>
<![CDATA[Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:01:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/queenmarybbq908.jpg
Great brush-wielding chefs shall 'Q it up, in Long Beach.

Photo Credit: Queen Mary]]>
<![CDATA[Getting the Message in Laguna Beach]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:54:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/235*120/PHOTO110071051169958454477main.jpg
Organizers want to create the most positive event in the history of Orange County.

Photo Credit: Mahmood Homayounieh]]>
<![CDATA[Catalina's Amazing Airborne Aquatic Stars]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:15:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/flyingfishfestival1.jpg
It's nearly that season, flying fish fans.

Photo Credit: Catalina Island]]>
<![CDATA[Spring Snow: Sierra Awaits Flakes]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:05:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mammothmoresnowsky.jpg
Need to get a few more down-the-mountain runs in? Now is the time.

Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Reunited: San Diego Gorilla and Her Baby]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:41:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sdimanibaby.jpg
The female infant was reintroduced to her mother after surgery.

Photo Credit: Matt Gelvin]]>
<![CDATA[Zany Times: San Diego Busker Festival]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:22:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/buskerhome123.jpg
Street performers of every ilk and whimsy shall perform at large.

Photo Credit: San Diego Busker Festival]]>
<![CDATA[High Elevation Yum: Taste of Julian]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:58:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/juliantasteof.jpg
Want to know the quaint town's eats beyond apple pie? Head on up.

Photo Credit: Taste of Julian]]>
<![CDATA[Calistoga Cute: Return of the Babydoll Sheep]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:51:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/babydollsheep12.jpg
A sign of wine country spring summons heavy-duty "aww"-ing.

Photo Credit: Calistoga Ranch]]>