Road trips from Southern California: Arizona
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Distance: 508 miles one-way
Meteor Crater, a pit as round as any moon crater, is more than 4,000 feet across and deep enough to swallow a 60-story building.
There's a tiny museum with a gift shop but no resort hotels, no adjoining casinos and not a single theme restaurant. The crater is pretty much all there is, and yet an estimated 230,000 people still come to see it each year. Apollo astronauts trained inside it in the 1960s because of its similarity to lunar craters.
-- David Ferrell
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