Coast-to-Coast by Word of Mouth! Our photo editor had one mission: Take an epic solo road trip from Los Angeles to Charleston...guided by travel advice from strangers. Come along for the ride! Budget Travel Saturday, Aug 1, 2015, 6:00 PM Allie Rose, the friendly face of the second-busiest Thacker Berry Farms stand in California. (Whitney Tressel) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Coast-to-Coast by Word of Mouth!

Our photo editor had one mission: Take an epic solo road trip from Los Angeles to Charleston...guided by travel advice from strangers. Come along for the ride!

  • Allie Rose at Thacker Berry Farms stand in California
  • Sandy’s Huntington Beach California
  • Dana Point California
  • Carlsbad California
  • Pacific California Highway 1
  • Scripps Park La Jolla sunset
  • Sunset Cliffs San Diego California
  • Center of the World Felicity California
  • Yuma Territorial Prison Arizona
  • Tucson Arizona mural
  • Jose and Hotel Congress, Tucson
  • Fourth Avenue Tuscon Arizona
  • Maricopa Arizona gas station
  • El Paso
  • La Posta de Mesilla New Mexico
  • gift shop Mesilla New Mexico
  • Hollyhocks Mesilla New Mexico
  • New Mexico Route 28
  •  El Paso Craft And Social Texas
  • The Food Shark Marfa Texas
  • Marfalafels Food Shark Marfa Texas
  • Big Bend Brewery Alpine Texas
  • Big Bend Brewing Co. flight
  • historic Pearl San Antonio Texas
  • Texas Tiny Finch San Antonio
  • The Broken Spoke Austin Texas
  • peacock Austin Texas
  • Smitty’s Market Lockhart Texas
  • James Turrell’s Skyspace Houston Texas
  • Texas Junk Co. boot shop Houston
  • Crunchy Chicken Local Foods Houston Texas
  • Frenchman coffee New Orleans
  • Morning Call Coffee Stand New Orleans beignets
  • house New Orleans Louisiana
  • French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • po’ boy Fairhope Alabama
  • Down By The Bay Cafe Fairhope Alabama
  • Florida State Capitol Tallahassee Florida
  • Ducklings Tallahassee Florida
  • Savannah River Holiday Inn Express Historic District
  • architecture Savannah Georgia
  • historic trolley Savannah Georgia
  • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen
  • Forsyth Park Spanish moss Savannah Georgia
  • Volleyball Folly Beach South Carolina
  • Folly Beach Fishing Pier
  • Waterfront Park Charleston
  • Rainbow Road in Charleston. a self-described busker in Forsyth Park.
  • Fleet Landing Bar Restaurant Charleston South Carolina
  • Folly Beach Charleston South Carolina sunset

Allie Rose, the friendly face of the second-busiest Thacker Berry Farms stand in California.

(Whitney Tressel)

Allie Rose suggested I try Sandy’s at Huntington Beach. She said, “You can’t leave without trying the s’more!”

(Whitney Tressel)

Smokey's House of BBQ in Dana Point, California. 

(Whitney Tressel)

Catching a wave during golden hour in Carlsbad, California.

(Whitney Tressel)

A Pacific view, steps off Camino del Mar (literally “Sea Road” in Spanish), an extension of California’s famed Highway 1.

(Whitney Tressel)

Scripps Park in La Jolla, California, moments before sunset.

(Whitney Tressel)

Sunset Cliffs, a recommendation by Scott, a local San Diegan, was a fabulous way to greet the morning.

(Whitney Tressel)

A pyramid that houses the “official” Center of the World disc, in Felicity, California.

(Whitney Tressel)

A plaque at the Yuma Territorial Prison, deemed a historic monument by the Arizona State Parks Board, in Yuma, Arizona.

(Whitney Tressel)

A mural in downtown Tucson that reads, “The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty, and truth,” by Albert Einstein.

(Whitney Tressel)

Jose, a local filmmaker and producer in Tucson, suggested Hotel Congress.

(Whitney Tressel)

Another of Jose's top picks. He said, “Check out Fourth Avenue,” a stretch of road not technically downtown and not quite into University of Arizona territory.

(Whitney Tressel)

A piece of Americana no longer in service, spotted near Maricopa, Arizona.

(Whitney Tressel)

In El Paso, Laura of Craft and Social doubles as a jewelry artist. She recently started her company, Lucky Bird, with her mother. Right, one of many margarita choices at La Posta de Mesilla, in Mesilla, New Mexico.

(Whitney Tressel)

La Posta de Mesilla’s painted facade.

(Whitney Tressel)

A gift shop in Mesilla, a historic town within the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

(Whitney Tressel)

Hollyhocks in front of the Bean Cafe in Mesilla, New Mexico.

(Whitney Tressel)

Motoring through New Mexico Route 28’s pecan farms, a tip from the Foreman family.

(Whitney Tressel)

The scene at El Paso’s Craft and Social pub.

(Whitney Tressel)

The Food Shark mobile eatery is usually found on San Antonio and Abbot streets in Marfa, Texas.

(Whitney Tressel)

“Marfalafels,” a whimsically named vegetarian treat at Food Shark.

(Whitney Tressel)

Big Bend Brewery’s picturesque surroundings in Alpine, Texas.

(Whitney Tressel)

Laura, of Craft and Social in El Paso, recommended I take a trip to Big Bend Brewing Co. A flight is only $5!

(Whitney Tressel)

The historic Pearl in San Antonio, Texas.

(Whitney Tressel)

Texas pride at Tiny Finch, at the Pearl in San Antonio.

(Whitney Tressel)

More Texas pride: a group of girlfriends visiting Austin for the first time, posing by a mural at the the Broken Spoke.

(Whitney Tressel)

A peacock in all its glory in Mayfield Park in Austin, Texas.

(Whitney Tressel)

A “pit boss” and his signature smoked sausages at Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, Texas.

(Whitney Tressel)

At James Turrell’s Skyspace, recommended by Houston local Cassie, sunset viewings are usually packed with people and require a reservation, but if you rise and shine before the sun comes up, morning “shows” are wide open.

(Whitney Tressel)

Texas Junk Co. boot shop in Houston, where used cowboy boots start at just $30 a pair.

(Whitney Tressel)

The Crunchy Chicken “crumble” at Local Foods, sporting provolone, buttermilk ranch, house pickles, and tomato on its pretzel bun.

(Whitney Tressel)

A Frenchman-area find, tipped off by Nina, a Tulane alum, framed in bold colors and lush greenery, in New Orleans.

(Whitney Tressel)

Freshly fried beignets from Morning Call Coffee Stand in New Orleans, recommended by photographer duo Morgan & Owens.

(Whitney Tressel)

A colorful example of a “shotgun” house in New Orleans. A shotgun house is a traditional narrow residence with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end of the house; some call it “railroad” style.

(Whitney Tressel)

A classic vignette in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

(Whitney Tressel)

A catfish and shrimp po’boy, “dressed,” at Down By the Bay Cafe in Fairhope, Alabama.

(Whitney Tressel)

Down By the Bay Cafe, which faces Mobile Bay, in Fairhope, Alabama.

(Whitney Tressel)

The Florida State Capitol building in Tallahassee, Florida.

(Whitney Tressel)

Ducklings at Lake Ella in Tallahassee, Florida.

(Whitney Tressel)

A view of the Savannah River from Holiday Inn Express Historic District, in Savannah, Georgia.

(Whitney Tressel)

Typical beautiful architecture in Savannah.

(Whitney Tressel)

A historic trolley tour in Savannah, Georgia.

(Whitney Tressel)

Candying cones at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.

(Whitney Tressel)

Picnicking under Forsyth Park’s Spanish moss trees in the heart of Savannah, Georgia.

(Whitney Tressel)

Volleyball matches on Folly Beach, South Carolina.

(Whitney Tressel)

Sunny Folly Beach from the fishing pier.

(Whitney Tressel)

A pineapple-shaped fountain in Waterfront Park in Charleston, South Carolina.

(Whitney Tressel)

Rainbow Road in Charleston, South Carolina. Right, a self-described busker in Forsyth Park in Charleston.

(Whitney Tressel)

Fleet Landing Bar and Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina.

(Whitney Tressel)

A private marina that’s worth the trespass. A solid spot for sunset-gazing in Folly Beach, South Carolina.

(Whitney Tressel)
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