Even though hiking in Death Valley National Park may seem like an activity that you may want to intentionally avoid, adventures like the Golden Canyon Trail are outstanding ways to get up close and personal with the desert landscape.
Even though Channel Islands National Park is just about 30 miles away from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area (with an estimated 17+ million people!), it remains as being one of the lesser visited National Parks in the United States, ranking at #43 out of 60 parks in attendance. However, if you consider only the people that make it to one of the islands (rather than just the visitor center), it would rank in the bottom 10 in attendance! Considering many Californians have a desire to just “get away from it all” (even if it means leaving the convenience of sushi...
Many of the millions of people who go to Joshua Tree National Park each year are seeking photographs of Joshua trees, an iconic plant which actually grows throughout much of the Mojave Desert. However, on our first visit to the park, we discovered that Joshua Tree has so much more to offer than just Joshua trees.
Joshua Tree National Park is located less than three hours from both Los Angeles and San Diego and attracted nearly 3 million visitors in 2017. One trail that is commonly skipped is the Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail. Though you may be tempted to skip this hike in favor more well-known attractions, what you’ll be missing is a very special desert landscape that is sure to surprise you!