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!
Death Valley National Park occupies over 3 million acres on the border of California and Nevada. This desolate area isn’t what comes to mind when you think of the most beautiful places in the world, but those that make the 2.5-hour trek from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas are in for an unexpected treat. Based on our time in the park, here are a few reasons why you should add Death Valley to your list of travel destinations!