If you’re seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park might be just the ticket. A few hours into the desert, Joshua Tree is named for the cactus-like trees which cover the quite and peaceful landscape. Despite its barren appearances, the park is full of wildlife and beautiful rock formations that warrant expending a whole roll of film. If you want to get close to nature, Joshua Tree’s terrain is perfect for hiking, backpacking, camping and birdwatching. Don’t miss Keys View, a lookout point that offers an expansive view of the Salton Sea, the San Andreas Fault, and even Mexico on a sunny day. For park information, visit the National Park Service’s Joshua Tree Guide.
Approximately 130 miles from Los Angeles (View Map)
Photo by David Barton