Slab City, CA
Distance from LA: 198 miles; 3-hour drive
Sort of like an open-year-round exhibition of Burning Man art leftovers, this ongoing folk art project (in the back of "Slab City", essentially a Mad Max-ish, off-the-grid trailer park) has totally mind-blowing/bizarre art made from beer bottles, mannequin legs, burnt-out car carcasses, massive tires, and other waste products turned into something far more stimulating.
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Thrillist LA Senior City Editor Jeff Miller especially loves going to these places wearing a full costume in a car made to look like a Thunder Cat. He's on Twitter at @ThrillistLA and on Instagram at @jeffmillerla.