Road Trip Destinations

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Here are ideas that I personally can see my family doing as a Road Trip (mostly Nevada, California, Utah, & on the path to Kansas City, Missouri). I also have boards for: Nevada Ghost Towns, Ghost Towns in other states, Dream Vacation Spots, & Vacation Ideas (possible, but not as likely for us) that you may want to check out.

Stephanie Parker
California City: The Unbuilt Suburb – California City, California - Atlas Obscura Jasper Arkansas, Journey Tattoo, Nevada Ghost Towns, Journey Pictures, Vault Dweller, Desert Area, California City, Mojave Desert, Desert Life

California City: The Unbuilt Suburb

The "3rd largest" city in California is an empty mirage of suburbia in the middle of nowhere.

MacKerricher State Park – Main Beach, Fort Bragg, CA - California Beaches Best California Beaches, Fort Bragg California, California Dreamin', Northern California, Dream Vacation Spots, Honeymoon Spots, Dream Vacations, Nevada Ghost Towns, California Pictures

MacKerricher State Park – Main Beach, Fort Bragg, CA - California Beaches

Main Beach is the beach closest to the main entrance and campgrounds in MacKerricher State Park north of Fort Bragg. It's a dark sand beach that is about

When in Drought, Ancestral Puebloans Turned to Ice Blocks in Lava Tubes - Atlas Obscura University Of South Florida, University Of Arizona, Dream Vacation Spots, Dream Vacations, Nevada Ghost Towns, Road Trip Destinations, Lava Flow, Climate Change Effects, Frozen In Time

When in Drought, Ancestral Puebloans Turned to Ice Blocks in Lava Tubes

Thirsty people once visited these ancient volcanic corridors.

Tracking Down the Long-Lost Orchards of the California Gold Rush - Gastro Obscura All Fruits, Variety Of Fruits, Fruit Trees, Trees To Plant, California Mountains, Endangered Plants, Small Nurseries, Single Tree

Tracking Down the Long-Lost Orchards of the California Gold Rush

Amigo Bob Cantisano and his team are on the hunt for "green gold."

Ardmore Ghost Town – Ardmore, South Dakota - Atlas Obscura Dream Vacation Spots, Dream Vacations, Nevada Ghost Towns, Road Trip Destinations, Frozen In Time, Water Supply, South Dakota, The Locals, Paths

Ardmore Ghost Town

Abandoned businesses, homes, and rusted cars are all that remains of this town.

World's Largest Compass Rose – Edwards Air Force Base, California - Atlas Obscura Edwards Air Force Base, Aviation Technology, Kern County, California City, Southern California, Map Globe, Historical Landmarks, Air Force Bases, Cartography

World's Largest Compass Rose

Etched into a dry lake bed, this massive directional indicator is accurate without magnets.

Apple Valley Model Railroad Club – Hendersonville, North Carolina - Atlas Obscura Dream Vacation Spots, Dream Vacations, Nevada Ghost Towns, Pisgah Forest, Western North Carolina, Road Trip Destinations, Free Museums, Historical Landmarks, Round House

Apple Valley Model Railroad Club

Inside this old train depot resides a multi-line model train covering western North Carolina.

Hancock Ghost Town – Nathrop, Colorado - Atlas Obscura Dream Vacation Spots, Dream Vacations, Nevada Ghost Towns, Wooden Shack, Road Trip Destinations, Sea Level, Kansas City, Utah, Stuff To Do

Hancock Ghost Town

All that remains of this once-booming mining town are the ruins of a saloon.

Fayette Historic Townsite – Garden, Michigan - Atlas Obscura Dream Vacation Spots, Dream Vacations, Nevada Ghost Towns, Big Bay, Old Abandoned Buildings, Road Trip Destinations, Upper Peninsula, Lake Michigan, Stunning View

Fayette Historic Townsite

This 19th-century ghost town offers a stunning view of Lake Michigan and a journey through the region's industrial past.

Searles Lake – San Bernardino County, California - Atlas Obscura Dream Vacation Spots, Dream Vacations, Nevada Ghost Towns, Desert Road, San Bernardino County, Road Trip Destinations, Southern California, Nature, Minerals

Searles Lake

This sun-scorched lakebed contains samples of half the natural elements known to humankind.

Edwards AFB Satellite Calibration Targets – Edwards Air Force Base, California - Atlas Obscura Dream Vacation Spots, Dream Vacations, Nevada Ghost Towns, Edwards Air Force Base, Road Trip Destinations, Mojave Desert, Air Force Bases, California

Spy Satellite Calibration Targets in the Mojave Desert

These colossal desert barcodes have been fine-tuning spy satellites for decades.

Borax Visitor Center – Boron, California - Atlas Obscura Dream Vacation Spots, Dream Vacations, Boron California, Nevada Ghost Towns, Road Trip Destinations, Kansas City, Utah, City Photo, Places

The Borax Mine Visitor Center Is Weirdly Good

Everything you always wanted to know about borates is here.