California Now Podcast guests often rave about one very special way to experience California: a classic road trip, where the destination and the journey are one and the same. We’ve compiled some of our favorite chats from the past six months, covering everything from great dining to epic views to quirky diversions. We kick into high gear with host Soterios Johnson’s conversation with travel expert Nathan Lump, who recounts the delicious detours he took while driving through Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley wine region.

"I think people like the idea of slowing down a little bit and immersing themselves in places," Lump explains. "Getting in a car and driving is such a wonderful way to not only experience the landscape of a place but to give yourself the freedom to stop and do the unexpected. You're always coming upon things when you drive and so I think that is really appealing to people. I think it allows them to feel like they're having an experience that's more authentic and more rooted in what's local and in communities."

After that, travel show host Samantha Brown discusses her drive to Big Sur along Highway 1; architecture expert Sam Lubell suggests a road trip dotted with jaw-dropping buildings; and author Matt Jaffe offers advice on exploring Death Valley. Our road trip collection ends on a tasty note as Thom Curry, co-owner of the Temecula Olive Oil Co., suggests stops for an olive-oil-tasting odyssey, and beer documentarian Jeff Smith details the ultimate craft beer itinerary.