The current COVID-19 pandemic has ground life as we know it to a halt. With the California government ordering everyone to stay home in an effort to curb the spread of this devastating virus, we have no choice but to accept this “new normal.” While we’re happy to do our part, many of us are also missing the little things in life — like hopping in our Beemers and going for a drive!
Luckily, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! What we’re doing is working, and, in many areas, cases are starting to slow. It seems that it’s only a matter of time before restrictions start to lift and we can get back to enjoying our lives. Once it’s safe to travel, one of the first things we’ll do is plan a much-needed road trip! Here are a few of the SoCal drives we can’t wait to take.
From mountainsides covered in giant redwoods to stunning ocean views from roads carved into cliff sides, the drive from LA to Big Sur is arguably one of the area’s most iconic. There’s no wrong way to do this drive — just hop on Highway 1 and stop anywhere that catches your attention.
Some of the things you may want to do include swimming, sunbathing, and watching out for elephant seals at Morro Bay or night bathing in the hot spring baths at Esalen Institute.
Big Sur is approximately 350 miles from L.A, so you’ll want to set aside a minimum of three days for this trip.
If you’re ready to dive back into life head-first, a road trip to Las Vegas is definitely the way to go! Not only does Sin City offer limitless entertainment options, but there are also a ton of great things to do along the way!
Some fun side adventures you might want to consider include a stop at EddieWorld for gas and a snack, a quick visit to the Calico Ghost Town, and a meal at Peggy Sue’s Diner. Once you get into Nevada, check out Whiskey Pete’s Casino (home to the car Bonnie and Clyde were driving when they were shot), and pay a visit to the Pioneer Saloon — one of the oldest bars in Nevada!
Las Vegas is about 270 miles from L.A. To make the most of this trip, you’ll want to set aside at least three days.
Looking for a shorter trip? You can enjoy the approximately 105-mile drive to Palm Springs in just two days (round-trip). This makes it perfect for a weekend getaway. On the way, you’ll definitely want to make a stop at Cabazon Dinosaurs. Whether you pay the $13 for park admission or just stop for a quick photo and a visit to the gift shop, this is something you won’t want to miss!
Once you get to Palm Springs, you’ll find that there are plenty of different options to please everybody in your party. Some of our favorite Palm Springs attractions include the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, and the Moorten Botanical Garden.
Highway 1 is the best way to take a leisurely drive from L.A. to San Francisco. The trip is about 390 miles each way, and you’ll want to set aside a total of 3-4 days to enjoy this road trip. We suggest you take time to visit Hearst Castle on the way, and, if you’re feeling brave, take a detour to the Winchester Mystery House.
Once you’ve reached San Fran, try eating your way through the Ferry Building Marketplace, pay a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, and visit the sea lions on Pier 39.
Check Your Vehicle Before You Take Off!
The thought of these road trips has made us so excited, we can hardly wait to get back on the road again! When planning your trip, don’t forget to check and make sure that the destinations you want to hit have officially reopened.
Since it’s likely been a while since you’ve driven any distance, don’t forget to give your car a good once-over before you head out! To be extra safe, consider bringing it in for a professional tune-up. The Haus is currently open and offering our full range of services. Contact us to schedule an appointment!