Coast to Coast Road Trip: The Best of Everything Along I-10

All the fun to be had between LA and Jacksonville on I-10!

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Created by michellelaslovich - August 14th 2018

From the Pacific to the Atlantic, if you're crossing the country through the southern part of the US, you'll probably spend some time on Interstate 10. Good thing, too, since I-10 takes you through some pretty awesome landscapes-- the deserts of Southern California, Texas's Hill Country, and the Florida Panhandle are all highlighted along the way. Whether you're just hopping on for a little bit, or you're seeing this bad boy all the way through, there's tons to see and do just off the route.

The I-10 road starts on the West Coast in Los Angeles. The sprawling City of Angels has so much to see and do that you could easily spend weeks exploring. Whether you want to go star-spotting in Hollywood, hope to find amazing tacos, or just want to relax on a sunny, palm tree-lined beach, spend at least a few hours knocking some classic LA activities off your bucket list.

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90mi 01h 27m
Photo of Cabazon Dinosaurs
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50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA, US

Cabazon Dinosaurs

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The Cabazon Dinosaurs are an iconic roadside attraction! The apatosaurus is named Ms. Dinny and the T. Rex is named Mr. Rex. Originally built to attract attention to a now-defunct restaurant, the massive dinos, which you can actually go inside, currently house exhibits on young Earth Creationism. You don't have to pay to go inside, though: simply snap pictures of the creatures from the outside! Oh, and if they look familiar, it might be because they were prominently featured in the classic movie "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"!

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20mi 00h 25m
Photo of The Saguaro
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1800 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, US

The Saguaro

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Once you're out of the LA area, you'll find yourself near the quirky town of Palm Springs: book a stay at one of the stylish hotels in town, like retro-kitsch chic resort The Saguaro. The colorful rooms, chic bar, luxurious spa treatments, and outstanding pool make this a decadent (and fun) getaway!

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272mi 04h 03m

3538 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ, US

The Stand

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Road trips and burgers go hand-in-hand, but the grub you'll find at The Stand in Phoenix is definitely not your average fast food fare. The patties are made fresh daily and topped with crisp, locally-grown veggies and other tasty accoutrements. Pro tip: their hand-spun milkshakes are to die for. Get the chocolate-chile if you're feeling adventurous.

And if you need a hotel in Phoenix the Clarendon Hotel, the Zenyard Guesthouse and the Saguaro in Scottsdale are among the many excellent accommodation options.

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123mi 01h 51m

6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ, US

Pima Air and Space Museum

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The Pima Air and Space Museum is special not only because it's one of the largest air and space museums in the country, housing more than 300 historically significant aircraft, but also because they have a deal with the nearby AMARG, also known as the world's largest airplane boneyard. Call ahead and book tickets on a bus tour that will take you past more than 4,000 decommissioned planes!

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24mi 00h 29m

1580 W Duval Mine Rd, Sahuarita, AZ, US

Titan Missile Museum

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You'll also pass by the epic Titan Missile Museum. The only remaining Titan II ICBM (there were once 54 across the country), this is the only place where you can get up-close and personal with a missile that could launch a 9-megaton nuclear warhead. If that's not totally epic, then I don't know what is!

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73mi 01h 23m

417 E Allen St, Tombstone, AZ, US

Big Nose Kate's Saloon

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A quick detour off I-10 will take you to the kitschy historical town of Tombstone, where the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place. Stop by Big Nose Kate's to grab a bite to eat or a drink in a historic Wild West saloon.

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261mi 03h 54m
Photo of Dripping Springs Natural Area
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Dripping Springs Road,, Las Cruces, NM, US

Dripping Springs Natural Area

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New Mexico is also home to Dripping Springs Natural Area. Here, you'll find piñon and juniper lining the easy, well-marked trails, which offer the chance to see all kinds of desert wildlife, like golden eagles, mule deer, hawks, quail, lizards, and even mountain lions.

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34mi 00h 44m

Wsmr P Rt 1, White Sands, NM, US

White Sands Missile Range Museum

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Located on the grounds of the White Sands Missile Range military installation (one of the largest in the country), the White Sands Missile Range Museum is full of information about the United States’s nuclear program, our space adventures, and our development of rocket technology.

The museum is nice, but the Missile Park is where you’ll snap your photos… The park has roughly 60 different rockets all used by the US in combat between WWII and the Gulf War. They’ve got a Loon (the US version of the V-1), a Pershing II, a Patriot, and heck, even a V-2.

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258mi 03h 41m

9207 Texas 17, TX, US

Balmorhea State Park

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Take a dip in the world's largest spring-fed pool at Balmorhea State Park. The pool itself is 1.75 acres big and holds 3.5 million gallons of water-- so it's definitely Texas-sized!

It's fed by the San Solomon Springs, which pump 15 million gallons of fresh, pure spring water into the pool every day-- so it's all natural and totally not chlorinated. The pool is up to 25 feet deep in some places, which makes it perfect for snorkeling or skin and scuba diving, if a casual dip in the more shallow parts or doing jack knifes off the diving board isn't quite doing it for you. Plus, since the water stays around 72 to 76 degrees naturally, it's refreshingly cool during the hot summers, but not so cold that you have to worry about it being too frigid to jump right in to.

They offer camping and an old-school motor lodge onsite as well, so if you find yourself staying longer than planned here, you can make a day of it.

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127mi 01h 57m

629 Fort Lancaster Rd, Sheffield, TX, US

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

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Then go back in time to the 1850's at Fort Lancaster State Historic Site. Here, you can explore the ruins of more than 25 buildings that once served as a rest stop for mail carriers and settlers in the mid-19th century. You'll leave with a newfound appreciation for the fact that you can road trip I-10 in a car, instead of in a horse-drawn wagon!

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93mi 01h 47m
Photo of Caverns of Sonora
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1711 PR-4468, Sonora, TX, US

Caverns of Sonora

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Stretching your legs on a road trip is super important, so get out of the car and head underground to the cool Caverns of Sonora for a change of scenery. This stunning show cave offers tours of the tunnels, loaded with stunning rock formations, as well as hikes above ground, the chance to pan for gold, and homemade fudge at the ranch-style gift shop.

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74mi 01h 30m

1927 Park Road 73, Junction, TX, US

South Llano River State Park

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There's tons of outdoor fun to be had at South Llano River State Park: hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, fishing, swimming, and more... but the coolest activity here is tubing down the river. The park itself rents out inner tubes so that you can lazily float down the cool, clear river!

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119mi 01h 44m

I-10 passes through the city of San Antonio, and it's worth it to take a day or so to explore this Lone Star City. Home to The Alamo, the Tower of the Americas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Institute of Texan Cultures, the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, tons of museums, incredible Mexican food, and more, it's a prime example of Texas at its finest!

Oh, and stay the night at the Menger Hotel, the Hotel Havana the Omni La Mansion del Rio, or one of the other great hotels in San Antonio!

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0mi 00h 01m
Photo of San Antonio River Walk
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Commerce St, San Antonio, TX, US

San Antonio River Walk

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One of the coolest parts of San Antonio is the city's River Walk. Lining the banks of the San Antonio River, you'll find restaurants, shops, museums, bars, parks, and tons more. Tour the river from a boat, or spend an evening strolling along the River Walk taking in the views. Stop by The Esquire Tavern for a drink, Luke Restaurant for modern Cajun-inspired cuisine, Little Rhine Steakhouse for old-school eats, and the Pearl Brewery to explore even more shops and restaurants.

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0mi 00h 02m
Photo of The Alamo
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300 Alamo Plz, San Antonio, TX, US

The Alamo

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The Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as The Alamo, is a fort where Spanish missionaries and Native Americans lived. It's most famous for being the site where a band of Texans held out against the army of General Santa Anna. Even though the Alamo fell, "Remember the Alamo" became a rallying cry for the Texan Army, who eventually won independence. Today, The Alamo is a look into the past, and is an interest spot to visit.

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0mi 00h 02m
Photo of Hotel Havana
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830 North Saint Mary's, San Antonio, TX, US

Hotel Havana

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If you need a place to spend the night in San Antonio, check out the Hotel Havana. It's a sleek boutique hotel right on the River Walk, and you won't find a cozier place to stay while exploring the city. Located in a 1914-era building within walking distance of most of San Antonio's most popular spots, it's got an airy, old-school vibe and a great onsite restaurant.

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31mi 00h 33m

660 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX, US

Granzin Bar-BQ

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After San Antonio, you'll be driving into Texas's quaint Hill Country. New Braunfels is a quaint little settlement that evokes small town Texas charm. Grab a bite to eat at local favorite Granzin Bar-BQ: get their delicious smoked meats as a plate, on a sandwich, or even in a taco! The sausage, brisket and turkey are especially tasty. Finish it off with a big glass of sweet tea and a few sides!

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36mi 00h 42m

215 N Main St, Lockhart, TX, US

Black's Barbecue

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If you somehow still have an appetite after chowing down at Granzin, head to Lockhart to sample the food at Black's Barbecue. The atmosphere is super authentic; it's been around since 1932, making it one of the oldest BBQ joints in Texas. The beef ribs, brisket, homemade sausage, and chicken are especially delicious, and make sure to save room for sides and banana pudding. Bonus: you can buy bottles of their signature sauces so you can bring home a taste of Texas!

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156mi 02h 22m

Welcome to Houston, y'all! The city is a cultural hub for the state, and features tons to see and do. From the hugely popular Space Center Houston to the National Museum of Funeral History, it's got attractions that range from classic to quirky. And, if you're really looking to get an authentic Texas experience, head to the Houston Rodeo!

From the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Ocean, a trip along the entirety of I-10 means crossing through America's deserts, hill country, swamplands, small towns, and big cities. One simple interstate can show you all different sides to America: landscapes, cultures, cuisines and attractions that are all distinct, yet distinctly American!