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California: Ready for its closeup

Joshua Tree Nat Park trees and rocks

California: “Swimmin’ Pools and Movie Stars” 

Yes, California is the home of Hollywood and all the glitz and glam that goes along with that. For many, this is all they think of when they hear the word.

But there is so much more to California than what makes it onto the screen. Go into the desert and you will discover strange landscapes populated with Dr. Seuss-like trees. Or the lowest, hottest place below sea level: Death Valley, where cracked earth and a searing sun make you wonder how any flora or fauna can survive here at all.

Sandwiched between California’s dramatic ocean coastlines and deserts you’ll discover giant redwoods and sequoia trees that dwarf visitors and turn us all into tree-huggers.

And speaking of tree-huggers, this is where hippies led a cultural revolution at the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco. But and even after the tie-dyed shirts were exchanged for 3-piece suits in Silicon Valley, a laid-back culture still survives here in Surf City and the one and only Venice Beach boardwalk.

VW Van at Huntington Beach Surfing Museum




What to do in Joshua Tree, California

What to do in Joshua Tree, California

There is something about deserts that fascinates people. Whether it is the vast, alien landscapes or the sheer challenge of surviving in an extreme environment, these extreme places seem to spark the imagination and attract the curious. Joshua Tree, California, is one of these destinations, a small desert town that has attracted movie stars and musicians, hippies and artists, adventurers and conservationists. And despite its small size, visitors who come here soon discover that the options for what to do in Joshua Tree are as unique and varied as the twisted trees after which the town is named.

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Dark Skies are the New Black

Dark Skies are the New Black

There’s a line from Joni Mitchell’s 1970 song, Big Yellow Taxi, that says: “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”. Which might explain a big trend that’s happening lately in travel: the popularity of dark sky locations. People are gravitating towards places that allow them to see something that is becoming increasingly rare in today’s light-polluted world: starry night skies.

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