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Best Los Angeles Road Trips

Los Angeles drivers love that you can leave its urban sprawl and a few hours later find yourself communing with nature and out of the chaos of the city. Whether you’re wanting to get away for a weekend or just a day, Rusnak BMW is here to help. Check out this list of the best Los Angeles road trips.



Joshua Tree National Park

One of the best day trips from Los Angeles is to Joshua Tree National Park, one of the most magical places in California. Los Angeles drivers appreciate the park’s varied and dramatic landscape of gnarled, ancient Joshua Trees and giant boulders, and at night the stargazing is breathtaking. The town of Joshua Tree itself also offers some fun quirky stops, like the World Famous Crochet Museum, and is filled with the kind of odd public art that only exists in tiny communities like Joshua Tree.

Palm Springs

A quick and easy 105-mile day trip from Los Angeles is to Palm Springs. Westlake Village drivers will pass miles of wind farms, the famous 50-foot Cabazon Dinosaurs (a Brontosaurus and a T. Rex, to be exact), a popular roadside attraction, and more. Once in Palm Springs, pick up a free map of modernist buildings at the Albert Frey-designed Palm Springs Visitors Center for a self-guided architecture tour of the town and a comprehensive list of area attractions.

Los Angeles to Sequoia National Park Road Trip

On your next three-day weekend, grab the family and enjoy a Los Angeles to Sequoia National Park road trip. Driving under the gentle giants in Sequoia National Park is a relaxing experience that leaves you feeling like your daily problems are pretty insignificant. Reconnect with nature as you watch for the General Sherman Tree, the largest living thing in the world, or Moro Rock, a dome-shaped peak accessible via a couple of hundred steps. You can even drive through Tunnel Log, a fallen, hollowed-out Sequoia. Make sure you check road conditions before you go. Some roads close after the summer season or may be closed due to the pandemic.

Mammoth Lakes

Another long weekend Los Angeles road trip that is popular with Malibu drivers is to take scenic Route 395 and marvel at the view of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range. Check out Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous U.S. at 14,505 feet, or take a short detour east to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to some of the oldest trees in the world. Some of these ancient beauties have been around for more than 4,000 years! There’s even a secret easily accessible hot spring right off the 395, just south of the Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Ask a local how to find it!

If You Need Auto Service While Out and About, Contact Rusnak BMW

We hope your Los Angeles road trip goes smoothly, but if you find yourself out on one of these best day trips from Los Angeles and you experience car trouble, contact Rusnak BMW. Our fast and efficient service department will have you back on the road in no time. We also have a helpful parts center. Rusnak BMW is always at your service!

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