Actor and Armchair Expert podcast host Dax Shepard recently divulged his favorite things about the Golden State in our California Questionnaire. The Michigan native, who got his first big break on Ashton Kutcher’s Punk’d in 2003, has since acted, directed, and written for both TV and film. He and his also-famous wife, Kristen Bell (read her questionnaire here), and two daughters live in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. “It’s very artsy, a lot of great restaurants, and there’s still, like, twisty roads. There’s a lot of 100-plus-year-old houses, like the Cecil B. DeMille compound. It’s pretty fantastic.”
When asked about his greatest California love, the avid motorcycle rider said “my biggest passion is off-roading and California has the best in the country.” Given the opportunity to take a road trip, Shepard said his favorite is a motorcycle trip to Death Valley from L.A. “Stay off the highways,” he recommends, “because you keep cresting mountain ridges and entering valleys where you can see 70 miles across.”
Although he and Bell love the occasional splurge—he notes Napa Valley’s Calistoga Ranch as a worthy indulgence—his dream day would be a bit more adventurous: “[I would] snowboard or snowmobile all morning in Mammoth and then take a helicopter to Glamis and then do some night sand duning. A double adventure.”
To find out more, read the rest of his California Questionnaire.