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Interstate 10 in California: I-10 Road Trip Part 4

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Interstate 10 in California

Day 10

Phoenix – Los Angeles

We finally got to California during the I-10 road trip. The drive was pretty easy on day 10. It took us 5.5 hours to get to Los Angeles. We left Phoenix at 5:30 am because we had to be in L.A. before noon. There was an inspection station at the California state line. Nobody was in there working, though. We also didn’t see any cops on the interstate in west Arizona at all. We noticed that east California was very isolated for the 1st hour. The only things around us were cactus, mountains and a few RV’s spread out. We eventually made it to Cali around 11 am. Instead of checking in the hotel we immediately went to the CBS Studios. I had booked 2 tickets to the Price is Right! The process took about 5 hours but it was totally worth. I can’t say much but make sure you tune in on November 1st. 2013-07-10_12-03-13_332

After we left the CBS Studios we drove I-10 until it ended near Santa Monica and we saw the Pacific Ocean. We finally made it coast to coast.

Santa Monica Beach

Day 11

Los Angeles

We toured L.A today. We went to Hollywood Blvd, the Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Center. The Walk of Fame was cool. There were a lot more stars on the Walk of Fame than I thought would be out there. The Beverly Center reminded me of Phipps Plaza in Atlanta. There were a lot of expensive stores. After that, we went to Venice Beach. Venice Beach was nice. It’s amazing seeing a beach with mountains in the background. We then made our way to the Santa Monica Pier. They had a free concert going on. The shops and the restaurants were lit up looking nice.


Day 12

L.A. is a very diverse city. I enjoyed that a lot. We decided to go to downtown L.A. We had the chance to see the Staples Center. I took pictures of the Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Wayne Gretzky statues. The team store was open at the Staples Center so we decided to check it out. They had Lakers jerseys everywhere. I didn’t see anything Dwight Howard related at all lol. They must have already burned them.

Magic Johnson

Dodger Stadium was next on our list. They were playing the Rockies that evening. Out of the three stadiums that we have been to on the trip, Dodger Stadium had the best fan participation. I have to come back to L.A. and see the Braves play the Dodgers one day. Dodger fans love and support their team. Dodger blue was everywhere.

Day 13

Day 13 was the last full day in Los Angeles. We decided to do a bus tour of the city. The tour was pretty good. We had the chance to see some of the stars mansions. Some of the mansions we saw were Cee-Lo Green, Bruno Mars, Rick Rubin, Lucille Ball and Dr. Phil. We also went to Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and West Hollywood. They were interesting places, to say the least especially West Hollywood. Later on, that evening we went to the Venice Beach Boardwalk. The Boardwalk was different. There were vendors selling everything from shirts to posters to medical marijuana. There were also different types of people out there. Some were performers. Others were just plain weird. Another thing that surprised me was the temperature. It was 67 degrees out there in July. That’s crazy.

Day 14

Flight back to Atlanta

It was time to go back home. We flew Southwest Airlines back to Atlanta. It was a very smooth flight.  As we got back to Atlanta I thought about the previous 13 days. My girlfriend and I did what people said couldn’t be done. We sacrificed and made it happen. As I am now back in Atlanta I wonder what’s next. I can tell that I have grown as a person. My comfort zone has expanded and I love it. The I-10 road trip was a hell of an experience.

My 3 favorite cities on the trip were San Antonio, Tucson, and Los Angeles. Out of 50 states, we saw license plates from 38 states along with Mexico and Canada.

Do you have any questions or comments? Would you complete an I-10 road trip? I would love to hear from you. My next post will be about expenses and tips for a cross-country road trip. It will have the estimated cost and the actual cost of the gas, food, and hotels.



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  1. I know you can’t say whether or not you got on stage but did you at least have fun at the Price is Right? When my ex and I went out there years ago we thought about getting tickets but didn’t want to stand in the line LOL.

    1. I had the time of my life there. Everyone should go at least once in their life.

  2. What an amazing trip you must have had. Do have plans to do any more traveling? Is there a specific reason you chose those three cities as your favorite? 🙂

    1. I do have plans for more traveling in a few months. I chose those cities for different reasons. I didn’t have any expectations about San Antonio. The RiverWalk and the atmosphere blew my mind. People were very nice in Tucson. Los Angeles had great weather and lots of things to do.

  3. I love traveling cross country! It’s so amazing to see how one state differs so greatly from another, even neighboring states! I’ve been in LA for more than 20 years now and 67 at the beach is actually quite refreshing when the valleys are hot by temperatures that surpass 100! Sounds like you had a phenomenal trip. I command you for following your heart and not letting the nay-sayers deter you from this once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is by stepping out of our comfort zone that we discover who we really are 🙂

    1. I had a great time. I plan on continuing to expand my comfort zone.

  4. I’ve really enjoyed this series. I regret that we never took our sons on a cross country road trip. Back (way back) in the day, we knew quite a few families that did the trip (driving back AND forth). It was certainly a family bonding experience even though there were times I thought my little sisters would absolutely get on my last nerve. (I was a somewhat hormonal 14 year old during our drive to California).

    Go Phillies?

    1. I’m not sure if I would have the patience to drive back. 3000 miles was enough lol.

      Go Braves!

  5. You know it’s funny, I’ve never been to a live taping of a TV show but I have always wanted to, it seems like one of those things everyone should just do once. I used to walk past film sets nearly every day in New Orleans though, and that’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Film sets are like road construction sites, loud, congested, packed with people and equipment and in everyone’s way.

  6. I’m just tuning into your series and it sounds like fabulous travels. Did you ever travel the famous Route 66 on your trips?

    Except for Santa Monica, my husband and I have been to all of those places. Only once did we travel by car from Tucson AZ to San Clemente CA. Never did a cross country trip by car.

    Over from LinkedIn BHB

    1. I haven’t traveled Route 66, but I have been thinking about it. It seems live an exciting and fun route.

  7. KeKe Mill says:

    Jason, I must say that this was an awesome adventure that you were on!! Looking at all of the places that you traveled to and reading your reviews of each place was great. This would definitely be something that my husband and I would have to do before we leave this earth, especially being that he has always wanted to do a cross country trip, but in an RV….LOL!!

    Thanks for sharing your awesome adventures!!

  8. We plan a opposite cross country drive then you took CA – TX on I10 and I20 TX – GA. Do you have any advice of places to avoid (more the intolerant people then the scenery).

    1. Both legs of your trip should be okay. If you were going to drive from El Paso – San Antonio via I-10, I’d make sure that you start that trip early. It takes 8 hours to get to San Antonio from El Paso. There is nothing but the desert.

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