There's nothing quite as all-American as a road trip, especially in the West, where a wealth of culture, natural beauty and excitement unfolds before you. Elk Meadow awaits in Northern California. The Wave beckons from Arizona. To help you tap the region's cache of getaways, we've compiled this list of road trip spots in the West. Distance to each destination is one-way from downtown Los Angeles.
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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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