There's nothing quite as all-American as a road trip, especially in the West, where a wealth of culture, natural beauty and excitement unfolds before you. Elk Meadow awaits in Northern California. The Wave beckons from Arizona. To help you tap the region's cache of getaways, we've compiled this list of road trip spots in the West. Distance to each destination is one-way from downtown Los Angeles.
*Fuel economy data is for 2010 model vehicles, as compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Fuel Economy Trends Report.
Description: Redwoods,shapely waves and historic beachfront amusement park
Distance: 348 mi.
Description: Protected ecosystem where oysters are farmed
Distance: 431 mi.
Description: 1,491-acre wooded site and former Army base
Distance: 388 mi.
Description: Relaxing, dog-friendly getaway outside of race season
Distance: 104 mi.
Description: Seaside community with a long history
Distance: 123 mi.
Description: Small town smack in the middle of Sonoma wine country
Distance: 416 mi.
Description: Known for wineries and hot springs
Distance: 217 mi.
Description: Creamy sand, arts and crafts shows on weekends
Distance: 93 mi.
Sespe Hot Springs
Description: Considered by hikers as the hottest springs in SoCal
Distance: 104 mi.
Description: Offers an impressive assortment of art galleries, antiques shops and tasty restaurants
Distance: 140 mi.
Description: Expect saloons, a general store and a mine that's still active
Distance: 142 mi.
Description: Bluff-top village tucked near the Pismo Beach Pier
Distance: 179 mi.
Description: Tucked-away cove beneath the cliffs of Palos Verdes
Distance: 32 mi.
San Juan Capistrano
Description: Boasts a famous mission and the returning swallows (sometimes)
Distance: 56 mi.
Description: Old mining town, scenic view and little aspen groves
Distance: 355 mi.
Description: The proposed capital of the would-be state of Jefferson
Distance: 640 mi.
Description: Features historic 19th century lighthouse
Distance: 729 mi.
Description: Dreamlike world of swirling colors and psychedelic patterns
Distance: 521 mi.
Black Rock Desert
Description: Picturesque mountains and sparkling geysers
Distance: 695 mi.
Description: Bizarre pillars of rock, pristine air quality, birding and outdoor recreation
Distance: 754 mi.
Description: It's the other Las Vegas, and perhaps the wildest Wild West town you've never heard of
Distance: 909 mi.
Description: 1,800-foot-tall aptly named formation
Distance: 741 mi.
Description: Part winter wonderland, part warmer playground
Distance: 881 mi.
Description: Home to fields of Pinot grapes and 275 wineries
Distance: 972 mi.
Description: Abundant locally grown food and public transportation
Distance: 963 mi.
Description: Houses one of the greatest and most mysterious collections of ancient art in North America
Distance: 718 mi.