211 road trips in the West
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Description: Redwoods,shapely waves and historic beachfront amusement park
Distance: 348 mi.
Description: Protected ecosystem where oysters are farmed
Distance: 431 mi.
Description: 1,491-acre wooded site and former Army base
Distance: 388 mi.
Description: Relaxing, dog-friendly getaway outside of race season
Distance: 104 mi.
Description: Seaside community with a long history
Distance: 123 mi.
Description: One of the state's most well- appointed camp sites
Distance: 98 mi.
Philo Apple Farm Cooking School
Description: Offers weekend cooking classes
Distance: 498 mi.
Description: Small town smack in the middle of Sonoma wine country
Distance: 416 mi.
Description: Known for wineries and hot springs
Distance: 217 mi.
Description: Creamy sand, arts and crafts shows on weekends
Distance: 93 mi.
Sespe Hot Springs
Description: Considered by hikers as the hottest springs in SoCal
Distance: 104 mi.
Description: Offers an impressive assortment of art galleries, antiques shops and tasty restaurants
Distance: 140 mi.
Mojave National Preserve
Description: Boasts Joshua tree forests, snow-dusted peaks and desert horizons
Distance: 179 mi.
Description: Expect saloons, a general store and a mine that's still active
Distance: 142 mi.
San Gorgonio Wind Park
Description: 4,500 windmills representing 80 wind farms
Distance: 102 mi.
Pinnacles National Monument
Description: Otherworldly place of jutting rock spires and twisted towers
Distance: 272 mi.
Description: Bluff-top village tucked near the Pismo Beach Pier
Distance: 179 mi.
Carrizo Plain National Monument
Description: Expect an alkaline wetland, pictographs and the San Andreas Fault
Distance: 174 mi.
Santa Rosa Plateau
Description: Oak-lined hills and grasslands
Distance: 81 mi.
Description: Tucked-away cove beneath the cliffs of Palos Verdes
Distance: 32 mi.
San Juan Capistrano
Description: Boasts a famous mission and the returning swallows (sometimes)
Distance: 56 mi.
Description: Old mining town, scenic view and little aspen groves
Distance: 355 mi.
Sequoia National Park
Description: Nation's second-oldest national park
Distance: 199 mi.
Hetch Hetchy Valley
Description: Little-known find for hikers and campers
Distance: 346 mi.
Lava Beds National Monument
Description: Vast labyrinth of lava tubes
Distance: 677 mi.
Description: The proposed capital of the would-be state of Jefferson
Distance: 640 mi.
Description: Features historic 19th century lighthouse
Distance: 729 mi.
Description: Dreamlike world of swirling colors and psychedelic patterns
Distance: 521 mi.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Description: Sweeping desert scenery
Distance: 419 mi.
Lower Antelope Canyon
Description: Maze of abstract shapes carved by erosion
Distance: 552 mi.
Black Rock Desert
Description: Picturesque mountains and sparkling geysers
Distance: 695 mi.
Valley of Fire
Description: Striking sandstone formations
Distance: 317 mi.
Description: Bizarre pillars of rock, pristine air quality, birding and outdoor recreation
Distance: 754 mi.
Bandelier National Monument
Description: Ancestral Pueblo dwellings built high into walls of soft volcanic rock
Distance: 850 mi.
Description: It's the other Las Vegas, and perhaps the wildest Wild West town you've never heard of
Distance: 909 mi.
Description: 1,800-foot-tall aptly named formation
Distance: 741 mi.
Description: Part winter wonderland, part warmer playground
Distance: 881 mi.
Description: Home to fields of Pinot grapes and 275 wineries
Distance: 972 mi.
Description: Abundant locally grown food and public transportation
Distance: 963 mi.
Guadalupe Mountains park
Description: Hiker's paradise, with over 80 miles of trails
Distance: 912 mi.
Description: Miles of meandering Rio Grande
Distance: 1,142 mi.
Description: Challenging boulders and ancient paintings
Distance: 833 mi.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Description: Wildflowers, hiking and 3-mile long, 2,000-foot-deep, naturally occurring "amphitheater"
Distance: 466 mi.
Description: Houses one of the greatest and most mysterious collections of ancient art in North America
Distance: 718 mi.
Zion National Park
Description: Multicolored canyons, mesas and towers
Distance: 433 mi.
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