With iconic Californian routes such as the 101 and PCH, there’s another hwy worthy of a road trip: Highway 395 to the Eastern Sierras. I grew up taking HWY 395 from LA to June Mountain (Mammoth’s sister mountain), but as a high schooler focused on friends and snowboarding, I guess I never even bothered to look out the window to see just how majestic everything else other than skiing is in this part of California.
I’ve dreamed of hopping on the #vanlife movement, and found an amazing rental company out of Costa Mesa that has a massive selection of VW vans in just about every color. Vintage Surfari Wagons is run by Southern California natives Bill and Diane Staggs who have a deep love for adventure and the VW bus. We were lucky enough to have the Hale Pua, a 1982 Vanagan Westfalia dream as our home away from home for our road trip up the 395.