Here’s a fun little story: My first job out of college was for this super awesome dude named Joe Mahan.
And last year, Mr. Joseph Edward Mahan obtained his wedding officiant license and married Tommy and I.
And this year, he finally tied the knot himself!
He and Amy are beautiful and perfect, so their wedding, naturally, was as well. She saw Wayfarers Chapel online and selected it as her venue before she even visited it. She stopped into Kleinfeld’s while at a work conference in New York and just happened to find the dream gown minutes before closing time. Close friends and family members traveled to Rancho Palos Verdes to celebrate these two at a beach wedding, complete with a brunch reception and monogrammed copper mugs as party favors.
Since plane tickets are ridiculously expensive, Tommy and I decided to roadtrip to the event! We usually do have our own little vacation at the end of the summer, but we weren’t sure if we’d be able to fit one in this year (since we already had two family vacations this summer and moved)…but this was all meant to be!
I have made the trek to Cali twice before, yet there were still several landmarks/sights that I was dying to see, spots that I have had pinned and bookmarked, places that I now have seen!
Below, I’ve listed them all (some even have links/pics!), and YOU can make the same journey using my fun Mapquest link. Overall, the trip took 44 hours and 36 minutes/2,980 miles (not including the time we spent exploring each of the awesome things listed below!). We were gone six days and came back excited, tired and with money leftover; we lived off of Sonic + protein bars, we shopped around for gas as best as we could (There are apps that can find you the absolute cheapest – but that can be hard in the middle of the desert!), and we found affordable/adorable places to stay (which is why I’m sharing my Air B’n’B link with you!).
Austin to Tucson, AZ-12 hours (7/19-6am to 6pm)-stay at Wyndham
Tucson to Palm Springs, CA-5 hours (7/20-7am to 12pm)-stay at Wigwam Motel
- Mud pools of Salton Sea (didn’t see)
- Ruins of Bombay Beach (saw – sooo creepy/sad/interesting!)
- Joshua Tree National Park (didn’t really see)
- Coachella (drove by and waved;)
- Salvation Mountain (amazzzzzinnnnggg!!!)
Mirror House (closed 😦 read about it here…and someone, please visit this for me!)
San Bernardino to LA-1 hour (morning of 7/21)
- Rancho Cucamonga Service Station on Route 66 (didn’t stop)
- Cabazon Dinosaurs (so cute:)
- First In-N-Out (and the university?!)
- Watt’s Towers (decided to skip)
- Museum of Ice Cream (sold out, wahhhh!)
- Disney Concert Hall
- Tomahawk steak at Lock & Key (decided to skip after seeing the price ha)
- Oldest McDonald’s (which has world’s most-detailed mural on the side of it, depicting Route 66)
- Rabbit Hole Bar (skipped)
- The Last Bookstore (could have stayed here forever)
LA to RPV-1 hour (eve of 7/21)-stay at Air B’n’B
- Wedding at Wayfarers Chapel + exploring the area
RPV to San Diego-3 hours (noon of 7/22)-stay at Air B’n’B
- Torrey Pines (beach + hike – no time!)
- Hotel Del Coronado/outdoor mall (didn’t see)
- San Diego Zoo (didn’t see)
- Padres (can kind of say we saw Petco Park amidst Comic Con)
- Potato chip rock (didn’t see)
- Wind caves (didn’t see)
- Legoland (didn’t see)
- Saw Prada Marfa and the creepy tethered balloon at night (yikes)
- Stayed in an old train depot