The Great California Road Trip 1962

In the History Gallery from May 20 through October 8, 2023

A nostalgic look back at travel by car in California, circa 1962.
To millions around the globe, California means “Vacation.” The state’s diverse topography offers sunny beaches and snowcapped mountains within a same-day drive. The attractions are many, and California’s car culture was designed with the roadside traveler in mind.

“Travel through California visiting its historic roadside attractions through the lens of a 1962 road trip. Relive the nostalgia of the Nut Tree, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Children’s Fairyland, and many more through posters, postcards, signs, and memorabilia of a bygone era. Then plan your own roadmap to see the destinations you’ve been meaning to explore today. Happy motoring!”

Curated by Andrew Danish.