California Road Trip

Hmm, not really. Middle of the San Joaquin valley, lots of agriculture and oil refineries.

No one has mentioned Joshua Tree National Park - why? It’s one of the most interesting and beautiful places I’ve seen. (If you go, bring water!)

I’ve also adored Napa (do a bicycle tour of the wineries! so much fun!) and Monterey, where I had one of my all-time favorite runs, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I’m not much of a city person, but I second the trollies in San Francisco, just because how can you not. Fisherman’s Wharf - it’s overpriced and I saw a rat, which I can’t handle because I’m not much of a city person.

The places that have been recommended in this thread so far + the areas you’ve described are all popular tourist destinations/fairly well traveled areas.

As long as you don’t go about offending everyone you meet and/or don’t go to really seedy areas intentionally, I’d say you’d have nothing to worry about.

And, no, Fresno and Modesto are not nice places. Avoid them.

Eat and fill up your gas tank prior to driving through.