Give a cactus a second look. Change your point of view on a crag. Experience a canyon from the inside out. From spiky Joshua trees to rare palm oases, every step in the desert reveals something magnificent and surprising. Open sky, open mind. It's time to see the desert in a new way.
1 Behold Joshua Tree National Park—a landscape like no other | You can’t help but marvel at the park’s namesake flora—the cartoon-like Yucca brevifolia, more commonly known as Joshua trees | While you hike, soak up breathtaking vistas beneath vast desert skies | Take advantage of countless photo ops amid the jumbo boulders.
2 Enjoy some of the area’s best hiking | Journey through palm-filled ravines that lead to a hidden oasis where year-round water sustains the largest stand of native California fan palms | Bird lovers rejoice—these lush palm groves are great places to view many of the canyon’s feathered inhabitants, including hummingbirds and orioles | Add a final flourish to the day with dinner in a dramatic cliffside setting.
3 From Palm Springs, head into the hills and onto a section of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail, leading to the new Sand to Snow National Monument | Choose to descend to the rushing Whitewater River—an unexpected sight in the desert!
4 Get set for a Palm Springs classic—a ride on the famous Aerial Tramway, with the world’s largest rotating tram cars | Take in views of Chino Canyon’s sheer cliffs and rugged Coachella Valley | A gondola carries you to Mountain Station for a high-elevation walk through a ponderosa forest.