So I am planning a trip to California in May or June and plan on hitting up a few of the real life locations that are represented in GTA:V. I live in south central Arizona, so I will leave my work and get on Interstate 8 which is nearby. Take that to El Centro and head north on 111. That will take me along the east side of the Salton Sea. While there, I will make the following stops: Salvation Mountain (Beam Me Up) Ski Inn (inspiration for the Yellow Jack and the liquor store behind Trevor's trailer) Salton Sea Recreation Area Sign (Sandy Shores sign inspiration) North Shore Beach and Yacht Club (Sandy Shores Boat House) - Restored in 2010 Old Liquor Store/Restaurant (Liquor Ace was modeled after this building, though the design is flipped) I would have done the North Shore Motel (abandoned motel in Sandy) but it was torn down in 2008. Then I will take highway 86 to Interstate 10 and head to Los Angeles. I will stay in the Glendale area, which will put me in prime position for: Griffith Observatory (Galileo Observatory) Hollywood Sign (Vinewood Sign) Hollywood Bowl (Vinewood Bowl) Santa Monica Pier (Vespucci Pier) Venice Beach (Vespucci Beach) Depending on time, I may hit a few others which I am still sorting out. On the return trip home I will go back to highway 86, but instead of getting back on the 111, I will stay on the 86 and go down the west side of the Salton Sea. That will get me access to Desert Shores (aka Sandy Shores) and: Lorenzo's Gas Station (Sandy's Gas Station) Mountain View Drive (Algonquin Boulevard) Desert Shores Fire Dept. (Sandy Shores Fire Dept) This will be a Thursday to Sunday trip. Lots of driving but I'm fine with that. If anyone has any other suggestions, let me know. Going to take photos of all locations and then try to take similar photos of the locations in the game when I get back and try to match them up pretty close.