Best Road Trip Stops in California – Part 2
The whole point of going on a road trip is to explore and be able to see many parts of the country/world that you would miss out on flying on a plane. But sometimes you wonder, what are those amazing places and things that we should see? Well if you’re planning a road trip that’s going to or through California then buckle up and read on for part 2 of the best road trip stops in this state. If you haven’t already, check out part 1 here.
Golden Gate Bridge
Located in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic location for a reason. If you’ve never seen it in person, you’ll definitely want to experience its beauty. This massive bridge is incredible to see during the day or at night with the lights. You can drive, walk, or bike over the bridge or just sit back and enjoy the view and get some pictures. There is even a welcome center with all sorts of information about it and to help you enjoy your experience. If you’re a hiker, both ends of the bridge go right into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area where you can find different trails and vista points.
We’ve all heard of the famous Route 66. It’s basically a bucket list item for road trippers. You can find it in many states but it also winds through California. Hop on this historic highway to get to California, to leave California, or to get to different places within California depending on where your road trip is taking you. Did you know that the end of Route 66 is right in California? Take a ride on this highway all the way to the end and you’ll be right at the iconic Santa Monica Pier. There’s a sign that notes the end of Route 66 which is great for pictures and while you’re there you can shop, get food, and enjoy the beach.
Located just 35 miles from Santa Barbara, Solvang is a fun and whimsical place to visit. This little town was founded by Danish immigrants and is known for its Danish style architecture, food, and trinkets. Not only can you go visit all of the little shops and take home things like jams and your own pair of clogs, but there are also many restaurants and specialty food places, wineries, an ostrich farm, cycling, segway tours, and much more. It’s probably impossible to be bored here.
Salvation Mountain is an incredibly unique and special place that you really need to see to believe. Salvation Mountain is a hillside visionary in Calipatria which was created by Leonard Knight. This is truly a great place to see in person and get lots of pictures of it and with it. If you love art and you love the outdoors this is a great place to visit. It’s also great to know that you can bring your pet as long as they are on leash and that camping is allowed (and is free) as long as it’s not on or inside the mountain area.