All in California
The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve lies between Palm Springs in Joshua Tree, nestled away off route 62. It’s a natural spring fed desert oasis, so it’s surprisingly lush and green for being in the middle of the desert.
Eagle Rock is located in Topanga State Park, and has panoramic views from the 1,957-foot summit. It’s a great hike year round, but it’s especially beautiful in the Spring when all the wildflowers bloom in droves.
Desert X is a contemporary art exhibition held in the Coachella Valley. The exhibition focus’s on the valley's environment through the display of works by emerging artists.
La Copine is a chic restaurant out in the middle of the high desert near Joshua Tree National Park. It’s a one-of-a-kind gem in a city with few culinary options.
Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach is a wonderland with several hiking trails, and beautiful beachside tidepools. There are sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea stars, sea urchins and more. The water is crystal clear and sits in glistening pools over the rocky rugged coastline.
Landers Brew Co. is a historic roadhouse bar built in 1948. It’s a local watering hole with the some great craft beers on tap.
49 Palms Oasis is a nice moderate short hike to a secluded palm oasis (you guessed it). The palm trees are clustered near an out of place spring of water in the middle of the arid desert.
This is the perfect blend of activities to get a taste of the desert vibe. A little relaxation, some hiking, great food and sight-seeing.
Goat Mountain in Landers is a lesser known trail that climbs about 1,000 feet to a beautiful view of the Mojave Desert. Grids of land to the south, and absolute nothingness to the north. What an amazing trail!
If I could describe Burning Man in one word it'd be "surreal." In fact, the whole festival feels a bit like stepping into a Dali painting. You're surrounded by art and costumes, and immersed into a city of bikes and lights.