We actually booked our hotel in La Quinta, CA for a night on our way to LA - but plan to spend an afternoon in Palm Springs.
#2: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Of course, with U2's The Joshua Tree album played in its entirety during the drive.
(......especially Where the Streets Have No Name **note: great video and my favorite U2 song** and In God's Country.....)
#3: Fashion Valley Mall, San Diego, CA
Mostly for two reasons: Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus....two stores I love that I have never actually set foot in and shopped at before, only shopped online!
#4: Malibu, CA
The beaches, waves and sun:
#5: Pacific Coast Highway, CA
Looking forward to the drives on the PCH, something we've always wanted to do:
#6: Palm Trees
Yes, I have never seen palm trees in person. (go ahead, have a chuckle).
What did I miss?