When you live in a state as geographically unmatched as California, where the mountains, beach, and desert can all be reached within hours of driving the open road, summer calls for some road trippin'. Especially if there are awesome music festivals involved. As live music fanatics, we believe there's no better reason to gather your besties, pack up the car, and hit the road when your destination can be any number of raging music fests going down in all reaches of Cali this summer. From pool party-hopping electro concerts in Palm Springs to Paul McCartney and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in San Francisco, this season boasts many reasons to cruise out of L.A. for a bit. So grab the coolers and start making your driving playlists as we break down the most road trip-worthy California music festivals to get to this summer.

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