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Road Trips

The open roads are calling. Discover exhilarating drives that showcase all Southern California has to offer from winding mountain roads to breathtaking desert escapes. Grab some snacks and hit the road!
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A large spider sculpture, with the body of the spider replaced with a full-sized Volkswagen Beetle, towers over a walkway leading up to a building with a sign that reads, "Hole in the Wall" over the door.
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SoCal Wanderer

9 Desert Oddities to Explore While You're Visiting the Coachella Valley

Here are nine oddities worth a desert detour for a closer look — because no matter how odd they may seem, your eyes aren't deceiving you!
A metallic, geometric structure serves as a canopy over gas pumps.
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SoCal Wanderer

8 Amazing SoCal Gas Stations to Soften the Blow of Fuel Prices

Here are 8 of the best SoCal gas stations for bringing some magnificence to the mundane — whether you're on your daily commute or using up your savings to reach a farther flung locale.
A giant brown doughnut attached to a drive-thru building with the words, "The Donut Hole, 'It's the Quality'", in white paint stands against a clear blue sky. A car emerges from the doughnut hole.
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SoCal Wanderer

7 Weird Buildings Still Serving ‘California Crazy’

Whether you'd like to whet your whistle inside a whiskey barrel or fill your belly inside a bowl, here are seven places where you can feast your eyes upon some of the oddest and most entrancing remains of L.A.'s wackiest roadside architecture.
A green arch bridge made of metal beams stretches between two mountains. Behind it are rolling mountains and a clear blue sky.
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SoCal Wanderer

6 Exhilarating Mountain Drives You Can Take in a Day Around L.A.

No matter if your starting point is an inland valley or an oceanside beach community, here are six mountain drives you can take on a day trip from L.A.
A network of tunnels lead to a tree in the center of an open pocket of space. Above sunlight streams in through a hole for light and the tree to pass through.
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SoCal Wanderer

An In-N-Out Museum and Underground Gardens: 10 Quirky Stops Along Highway 99

Here are 10 of the best Highway 99 remnants that capture the character and charm of early 20th century "highway life."
The landscape along the Desert Willow Trail at Big Morongo Canyon.
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Explore the Wonders of the High Desert Beyond Joshua Tree National Park

It's not too late to explore the High Desert this year, but you won't be the only squeezing in a last-minute trip. Here are five lesser-known destinations that offer all the the wonders of the High Desert without the big crowds.
Mel’s Drive-In on Sunset Boulevard | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

Best Drive-Through Adventures in Modern-Day SoCal

Whether you’re looking to fill your belly, whet your whistle, or escape reality for a while, here are the best adventures you can drive to, through and into in Southern California. 
Keys Ranch | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

60 of SoCal’s Best Remote Experiences

Until we can hit the road again, here are some ways to live vicariously and experience some amazing destinations remotely. 
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