From New York to Los Angeles on zero major highways and plenty of curiosity… read on for some tips!
This post comes to us from Gillian Zinser.
There’s nothing better for you than travel. Letting go of the comfort, safety and stability in one’s routine. Choosing the wild, uncomfortable and unknown over the easy and expected. Not being afraid of being broke for a second. Or lost. Or having to start over again. To make it a priority to invest in experience, knowing that adventuring outside of your own little bubble can only make you a richer creative, or better at whatever your day to day work is. It doesn’t work for me just sitting still and doing ONE thing. There’s too much to see. Feel. Learn. I travel to keep myself awake. To keep curious. To learn about people, cultures, to better understand the human experience, to take me out of my ego and into the bigger picture. We all need an outlet outside of our regular routine to refuel, re-calibrate, inspire and keep us reaching. Thats what travel is for me.
This June, my guy and I decided to drive from New York to LA, avoiding major cities and highways. We took 16 days, crossed 14 states, drove 4904 miles, saw a million amazing things and met countless beautiful strangers along the way.
Here’s a few highlights and recommendations from our travels:
-Malco Summer Quartet Drive-In // Super cool old-school drive-in movie theater
-Earnestine & Hazel’s // Old haunted brothel-turned-dive-bar
-Ground Zero Blues Club // Best spot for amazing local blues bands, southern eats and booze
-Delta Cotton Co. Apartments // Gorgeous rooms you can rent right above the Ground Zero Blues Club
-Yahoo Pass // Best (and only) healthy food for miles
-Boynton Canyon, West Fork and Llama Trail // Amazing hikes
-Briar Patch Inn // A magical bed & breakfast with 8 creekside cottages and cabins
-Arizona Outdoor Adventures // Rent ATV’s for a guided off-road adventure
-Red Rock Balloons // Scenic hot air balloon ride over Sedona
-Town of Jerome // Old haunted cowboy town turned wacky artist community
White Sands, NM
-White Sands National Park // No words to describe. just go. stay for sunset!
-Stay at this cool Airbnb nearby in Las Cruces
-Marfa Burrito // Best burrito in the entire world. Not a joke.
-El Cosmico // If you’re into staying in teepee’s and RV’s this is your jam.
-Chinati Foundation // Amazing contemporary art museum founded by artist Donald Judd. Sign up for the sunrise tour.
-Saint George Hotel // New beautiful hotel in the center of town with a great restaurant attached.
Joshua Tree + Yucca Valley, CA
–Best property in all of Joshua Tree. You’re welcome.
-Integratron // Go for a sound bath meditation.
-Natural Sisters Cafe // Amazing juicer and health foods cafe.
-The End // Great vintage clothing store.
-Hicksville Trailer Palace Trailer Park Motel & Artist Retreat // Enough said.
-Pappy and Harriet’s // Old cowboy saloon with the best BBQ and live music in town
–Salvation Mountain // A very cool, rare, unique must-see in person to truly appreciate this Dr. Seuss-y technicolor tribute to one man’s faith.