Best Artsy Road Trip Pit Stops in the US
Meg Cale
I’ve been craving fun and sun lately. At this point, I’m a road trip aficionado. It’s not something I talk about much but I logged more miles before I turned 18 than many people will road trip in their whole lives. I’ve been craving a good west coast road trip for a long time and I got a taste of what ails me this past week with our desert tour before hitting up Dinah Shore. As I was wandering around the East Jesus Art installations, I was chatting with someone in our group about how the random and weird off the beaten path attractions are definitely my favorite parts of my travel adventures. Yesterday, I jumped on another road trip adventure but this time I headed home to New York City for the New York Auto Show where I worked with SheBuysCars and Toyota to give away some cool products and empower women in the auto industry. I partnered with them to bring you some of my favorite road trip pit stops art attractions. So grab your besties, pile into your Toyota GT 86 Convertible, get your playlist, charge your phone, and be ready to ace your Instagram game.  
Photograph by Lindsay Cale

Philly Magic Garden

Philly’s Magic Gardens is a non-profit organization, folk art gallery on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s basically a giant mosaic piece made from multicolored glass, shiny tiles, and repurposed goods. Artist, Isaiah Zagar started the project in 1968 and has since become a staple of any visit to Philly.

Photograph by Jamie Thrower

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is basically a giant painted hill in Imperial County, California. The structure is made from all kinds of refurbished materials and is a monument dedicated to the Sinner’s Prayer. Salvation Mountain was created by Leonard Knight who passed away in 2014.

Photograph by Lindsay Cale

Wynwood Walls

In 2009, Tony Goldman partnered with ten street artists to repurpose the warehouses of Wynwood into canvas of dedicated to street art which is often an under-appreciated medium of creativity. Since opening, Wynwood has brought some of the greatest street artists in the world to Miami to showcase their skills on the warehouse canvases. The effect has spilled outside of the initial park and into the entire surrounding community. In Wynwood you’ll find hundreds of murals but you’ll also find trendy shops, restaurants and bars.

Photograph by Jamie Thrower


East Jesus

East Jesus is easily one of the coolest places I’ve ever been.  Located in Slab City, California East Jesus is an art exhibition created by eccentric survivalist. Their website is strongly worded – if not slightly terrifying – but the exhibition is pretty amazing. Slab City is an area of the desert that has no plumbing, electricity, or basic infrastructure. The people who live on the slabs are technically squatters as the land is owned by the California Teacher’s Union but folks have been living there since the 60s. Consider pairing your visit to East Jesus with one to Salvation Mountain as they are less than a mile apart.

Photograph by Jamie Thrower

Union Market

Union Market is a repurposed warehouse turned food market in North East Washington DC. The space is a locals hangout with 40 different eateries and shops. Union Market is often used for events and community activities like the “drive-in” theater during the summers. The market is decorated with several large scale murals that are perfect for the Instagram all-star

This post was brought to you by SheBuysCars and Toyota. We are partnering together to give away 5 designer handbags, one every other day, during the remainder of the New York Auto Show. To enter to win, snap a photo with a participating auto brand, use the #HandbagChallengeNYIAS hashtag and post the pic on social media.
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