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Imagine a road trip in this beauty. Museums and car shows can inspire and entertain

The history of Southern California is the history of cars, and the two cultures overlap like hands in prayer.

“L.A. and cars were both born about the same time,” Petersen Automotive Museum chief curator Leslie Kendall said. Were it not for the car, he noted, Los Angeles would have grown up instead of out, with skyscrapers outnumbering suburbs.

It’s no wonder that many wonderful car museums are based here and across the state, where family road trips have paid homage to the automobile for decades.

Here is a sampling of some of the world-class museums and car shows available to travelers in the West. Some are so significant, and well located, that they can be destinations all their own. Others are slice-of-life pit stops that can break up a long day on the highway.

National Automobile Museum

Most of the 200 vehicles in this renowned Nevada museum, also known as the Harrah Collection, come from the massive private stash of casino mogul Bill Harrah. Among the standouts: a gold-plated DeLorean and the marvelous Phantom Corsair.

Info: 10 S. Lake St., Reno; [775] 333-9300, automuseum.org. Admission $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for kids ages 6-18.



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