California has to be the best for in-state road trips. Without crossing any borders, you can cover vast terrain; from desert, to oasis, to rocky coastal cliffs, and dense redwoods. You can experience both smog and fog, which coincidentally look the same but are regarded as completely different depending on where and who you talk to. Before Max and I relocated to California, we flew out from Boston and went on a two week long road trip. We cruised around Palm Springs, camped in Joshua Tree, took a pilgrimage to Salvation Mountain, AirBnB’d in Los Angeles, and drove the coast-hugging Highway 1 through Santa Barbara and Big Sur. We pitched our tent in the redwoods and then crashed with friends in San Francisco. It was such an epic trip I’ve decided to dedicate a few blog posts to it, starting with Palm Springs!