Location: Near Baker, California
When to visit: Anytime during the day
Time needed to enjoy: 2 minutes to see the sign / an hour to visit the picnic spot
Website: National Park Service page
This place is a quirky attraction simply for its name. Zzyzx! That’s genius. I’m not sure how it’s pronounced. I’m guessing “zizzicks,” but some outlets say it’s “zy-zicks.” Either way, I have to believe it’s the best street name in America.
Zzyzx Road is located just off Route 15 near the Mojave National Preserve, six miles southwest of Baker, California. Folks going from L.A. to Vegas or vice versa often pass the sign. The road is apparently part paved and part dirt.
What can you do on Zzyzx Road? According to the National Park Service, which actually has a page dedicated to this place, Zzyzx is home to the Desert Studies Center, where California State University students can do field study in a desert environment. There’s a self-guided trail along the shore of Soda Lake with vault toilets and a picnic space for curious travelers.
If you don’t have time for all of that, you can simply do what I did – pull over and snap a pic of the Zzyzx Road sign, because it’s just so weird.
Random fact: The rock band Stone Sour named a song Zzyzx Road, and a couple of movies have been named after it.