What to see on a road trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles

If you’re hitting the open road soon and taking a road trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles, you’re probably wondering where to stop along the way. After all, if you have a bunch of kids strapped into car seats for hours upon hours, someone is going to lose their mind eventually (most likely you). That’s why it’s such a relief that there are so many fun places to stop at along the I5. Here’s a few of them:

Wild Waves Theme Park

Located a scant 2 hours from Vancouver (in good traffic) is Wild Waves Theme Park. Formerly a Six Flags and also known as Enchanted Village, this water/amusement park is set on some seriously hilly and extremely fun terrain. The water side of things covers huge waterslides, tube slides, a massive wave pool, kids area, and an amazing little cove with waterfall. When you wander up the hill to the rides, you’ll find kiddie rides, a log flume, and even a massive roller coaster in the corner.

Wild Waves is a great pit stop at the start of your road trip from Vancouver, and at $40 for the entire day, it’s not even that expensive.

Yreka, California

The West Miner Street Historic District in Yreka, California is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you need a pit stop and you like history, this place will definitely fit the bill.

Rest Stops

The rest stops on the I5 are amazing lush, green oasis in the middle of some very hot landscape. I’ve stopped at several, and I’ve seen places to walk your dog, nice little paths, even some rivers running behind. There are usually picnic tables and vending machines. My favorite stop was near Bakersfield, California. The sun was setting, the heat lifting, and it was virtually empty. It was a little like being in our own personal park.

If you need to stop in the night, you can definitely do so at a rest stop. Besides the usual truckers, there are camper trailers, RVs, and just cars full of people pulled over. It’s well lit, with bathrooms and occasionally showers.


If you drive for nearly 22 hours, you’ll be hungry at some point along the way. Luckily, there are some great places to eat that you can’t to when you live in Canada.

In-N-Out burger is widely known in California as one of the freshest, most delicious burger places around, and the closest In-N-Out to Canada is located at 1275 Dana Drive in Redding, CA .

They don’t use frozen burger patties, but make everything fresh every single day. It’s beyond yummy, and if you know the secret menu, you can get everything exactly the way you like. Take a look at this link. I think it describes the In-N-Out menu really well.

For a family meal, you can try Boston Market. It’s like eating a Thanksgiving dinner every night of the week. The closest Boston Market to the I5 seems to be located at 5003 Foothills Blvd. Roseville, CA.


Have fun with your road trip from Vancouver this summer! If you find anything new and interesting along the way, share it here.





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