20. Joshua Tree National Park (California)

Yucca tree in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Once you hit California on your east-to-west cross-country road trip, you know you’re in the homestretch. But, there’s still much to see. Case in point: Joshua Tree National Park with its namesake yucca trees and its did-I-just-land-on-Mars trippy terrain.

Joshua Tree National Park on TripAdvisor | Yelp | Foursquare | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Official website

21. The Saguaro Palm Springs (California)

The pool at the Saguaro Palm Springs

You could rush your way into LA through rush hour traffic or you can spend the final day of your road trip at the Saguaro Palm Springs, lazing around the pool and snapping that perfect shot of the hotel’s rainbow-colored walls. We chose the latter.

The Saguaro Palm Springs on TripAdvisor | Yelp | Foursquare | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Official website

22. Dinosaurs of Cabazon (California)

Cabazon Dinosaurs in California

Want one more roadside attraction before you close the books on your road trip? The totally random Dinosaurs of Cabazon say how do you do. Or maybe they say rawwwwwwwr.

Dinosaurs of Cabazon on TripAdvisor | Yelp | Foursquare | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Official website

23. Santa Monica Pier (California)

Route 66 sign in Santa Monica, California

If you want to take a very literal interpretation of “from sea to shining sea,” head to the “End of the Trail” at the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. That sunset glow, viewed from the classic Southern California beach, feels like a mission accomplished.


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Posted on July 1, 2018

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Road trip USA: NYC to LA and 23 stops along the way
Road trip USA: NYC to LA and 23 stops along the way
Road trip USA: NYC to LA and 23 stops along the way

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