If you're anything like me, you spend a lot of time in the car. One of the drives that I make way too frequently is the drive between Las Vegas and Southern California. When I make this drive I usually try to get in and out of the car as quickly as possible and reach my destination fast. I usually don't even stop for gas or to go to the bathroom. However, the last time I took this drive I was more adventurous about it and finally stopped at the places that I had always seen and wanted to visit, and also found some new things that I didn't even know existed.
If this is a drive that you frequent and you want to break up the monotony, or if you are taking this trip for the first time in the future and want to make the most of it, then I have a few places I think you should stop and enjoy.
Spots in order, starting in So Cal, ending in Vegas:
Peggy Sue's 50's Diner and Dinosaur Park
Calico Ghost Town
So this is pretty well known already, so I won't spend too much time talking about it. This is a town that was purchased by Walter Knott, the owner of Knott's Berry Farm who revamped some areas of the actual mining town and then built some new attractions, such as one of those confusing houses, some shops, etc. You can go on a mine tour, which is really cool and fun and a great place to have a beer and watch a shoot out where no one is really going to die. They also have a shirt that says "I found the Glory Hole." Needless to say, I bought that.
St. Antony Monastery
If you've been out this way, you've seen it... the abandoned waterpark surrounded by dilapidated signs, buildings, and half dead palm trees. It's a dream come true for people who like to explore things from the past and wonder where it all went wrong. This is the kind of place where you could sit for a long time and just think and look around and imagine what it was like twenty years ago, bustling with families and smelling like hot dogs and sun block. Magical.
Disclaimer: There are some warning signs that the best things in the world may not happen here, so make sure you are safe and smart when you visit and make sure that you are paying attention to your surroundings and have an exit plan if you need one.
Desperado at Buffalo Bill's
If you need to stop for gas, lotto tickets, or Taco Bell AND fried chicken in Primm, take a stroll over to Buffalo Bill's and ride their roller coaster. It's not too pricey compared to New York, New York's comparable ride on the strip and is one of the country's tallest roller coasters. This joint also has a kickass buffet.
Seven Magic Mountains Outdoor Art Exhibit
Sometimes you don't mind getting there late, and on a day like that, this list could help you enhance your driving experience. This is just a starter list, and I'm sure I'm missing lots of cool hidden gems along the road, but this should get you going. If you know of a place I should check out and add to the list, leave a comment below!
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Ashley and Cecilia work hard, play hard, write stuff, read stuff... because they don't know what else to do with their lives.
I- We should buy something superficial
II- Buy odd clothing
I- An Unusual Social Event
I- We should go somewhere with dangerous animals
I- Somewhere with strange food
When we get ten total votes, the item with the highest number of votes will be our next expedition.
(One vote per reader, per category).