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.

Reach for the Stars Ankle Boot
, Born Free Faux Suede Shawl

Here’s a few highlights and recommendations from our travels:

Memphis, MS
-Malco Summer Quartet Drive-In // Super cool old-school drive-in movie theater
-Earnestine & Hazel’s // Old haunted brothel-turned-dive-bar

Clarksdale, MS
-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


Sedona, AZ
-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

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Marfa, TX
-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.

Denim Super Flare

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.










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6 years ago

I love this. I love her. She’s so beautiful not only outside, but especially inside. She is my true inspiration. Keep travelling and posting pictures! Love <3

6 years ago

I completely agree. There’s no better place to be than on the road. You experience so much, and truly feel alive. My boyfriend and I usually do a big road trip every year and drove from Texas to Canada last year. It was by far our best trip.

Good luck with your future adventures!
The Wanderful Soul

6 years ago

I love her! She came into Natural Sisters (don’t leave without the vegan carot cake!) when I was working there 2 years ago. A beautiful person. I was so shy! She is a humanitarian and lovely soul. I followed her instagram after I met her and she is an inspiring woman. Makes me want to do great things. Love this piece Gillian <3