Distance from LA: 40 miles; 1-hour drive
While you may feel like you've already seen the Vasquez Rocks thanks to Star Trek and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, you owe it to yourself to head out to these massive, otherworldly geologic formations in person. Named after the notorious bandit Tiburcio Vasquez (who used to hide from the law here back in 1874), the rocks are also home to tons of great trails to explore, rocks to climb, and knowledge to be gained at the “interpretive” center. (But we all know you’re here to play Captain Kirk.)
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Danny Jensen is a regular Thrillist contributor who feels that every day trip should include both a Captain Ahab and a Captain Kirk impression. Give him your best impression on Instagram and Twitter.