Road trips from Southern California: Los Angeles
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Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace
Los Angeles area
Distance: 38 miles one-way
No matter your feelings about the 37th president, the displays on his life and times, including a Watergate Gallery with a recording of the infamous 1972 "Smoking Gun" conversation between President Nixon and John Dean, are fascinating. The president and his wife, Pat, are buried here. (714) 993-5075, www.nixonlibraryfoundation.org.