Joshua Tree, California

  Two and a half hours from Los Angeles, the desert oasis of Joshua Tree has long been an outpost on the artist/musician/explorer trail. Named after its distinct native yucca, Joshua Trees unique landscape is the result of the merging of two deserts—the Mojave and the Colorado—each with their own unique ecosystems. Joshua Tree’s archaic landscapes have been favored by generations of musicians. These days, it’s almost synonymous with attending Coachella, which takes place on the southern edge of the park in Indio. But long before that, Gram Parsons famously OD’d here in the 60’s; other notorious musicians such as Keith Richards, Donovan, Jim Morrison and Irish rockers U2 were also fond of the occasional desert trip. Besides its musical connection, part of the allure of Joshua Tree is the journey itself—which is is mostly through empty desert, and much of it along Old Route 66. But potential visitors should be advised that Joshua Tree is very much a city—with big box stores and strip malls galore. (It’s definitely represented a little differently, so be prepared for that.) All that aside, once you’re off the main drag, magical dusty dirt roads abound—and so does the scenery. Where To Stay: Wilder Cabin, A 1950’s Homestead in the Desert Joshua Tree has a seemingly …

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