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Road to Vegas
This ocean-to-desert trip connects two iconic cities with a highway that passes
through unique natural landscapes and offers a dose of American kitsch

T H E C L A S S I C D R I V E E A ST F R O M LO S A N G E L E S toward the
California-Nevada border has been so enshrined in American culture
that it's practically a pilgrimage. In some ways, it's a journey back to the
1950s, when Americans started exploring by car. Thankfully, some things
from that era have stood the test of time: an open, arid landscape;
oddball roadside venues; and, on either end, bright, bustling cities.
To get the full effect, start in Venice, perhaps with your feet in the
sand. The friendly, efficient baristas at Intelligentsia Venice Coffeebar
will have you fueled up and on your way in no time. Before you leave
the west side, however, curl around the corner and grab provisions
at Travis Lett's epic eatery Gjusta. The egg sandwich is a classic and
travels exceedingly well. Heading east on I-10, the city's buildings
shrink, the traffic thins, and the landscape changes from suburban to
sand as the road begins to open up. When the topography becomes
more mountainous, you'll be closing in on your first stop: Mormon
Rocks, a series of curiously beautiful sandstone formations. Hike the
one-mile loop up to a ridge and look out over these amoeba-shaped
rocks while keeping an eye out for hawks and lizards.
You'll soon leave the highway and follow a narrow strip of asphalt to
the strange spectacle known as Bottle Tree Ranch, where thousands
of multi-colored "branches" hang off a forest of "trees." This folk-art
display is the vision-and home-of artist Elmer Long and has no
official hours, but you can just show up and walk around (or take pics

B OTTLE TR E E RA N CH

through the gates if they're closed). Continue to Calico Ghost Town

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for a history lesson disguised as family-friendly fun. Tour the 1880s-era
mine, hop on the train, pan for gold, or take a ghost tour. From here, it's

back up for the 26 miles to Mojave National Preserve, which actually has

just a quick drive to Yermo, where you can sample the classic chicken-

more Joshua trees than Joshua Tree National Park. Check out some of

friend steak and curly fries at Peggy Sue's Diner-a 1950s establishment

them by driving to Cima Dome, 16 miles inside. Skip the hiking, though;

resurrected in the 1980s.

there aren't many established trails here.

Continue on I-15 to Baker (along the way, look for signs for the oddly

Soon, you'll hit the state line and cross over into Nevada. From there,

named town of Zzyzx). There, pop out and take pics of the World's

it's up to you: Do you want neon lights and casinos? If so, keep heading

Tallest Thermometer; the 134-foot tower commemorates the record-

straight. If dams and deserts are more your style, peel off and head due

setting 134-degree temperature set in Death Valley back in 1913. Buckle

east. It's your call-choose wisely.

1

(very full) day

S TA R T Venice
F I N I S H Las Vegas

317

M O S T I N S TAG R A M M A B L E S TO P The strangely beautiful Bottle Tree Ranch

miles

I N S I D E T I P Don't let
yourself run low on fuel;
expect stretches with few gas
stations. This is the desert,
after all-not a good place to
break down.

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