15 Jun What about Palm Spring? Ready?
Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Their ancient healing mineral waters are still a part of the success story of Palm Springs. In the 1920s and 30s Palm Springs became known as the playground of the stars, and continued to be right through to the 1970s. During this period stars such as Steve McQueen, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and The Marx Brothers bought homes here.
A short ride on the Palm Springs aerial tramway will take you to the top of Mount Jacinto into the cool alpine forests. The air can be up to 25°C cooler than in the desert, and it’s not unusual to be able to play in the snow in the winter months. The views from the top of the mountain are spectacular!
There are jeep tours that will take you out in the Mojave Desert. Here you can see desert life up close, from the wildflowers of the desert, to the San Andreas Fault. After the heat of the desert refresh yourself at Knott’s Soak City USA. This water park is fun filled with 18 wet and wild water rides!
If you are feeling brave, you might like to visit the ghost town of Calico. This was an old mining town abandoned in 1907. Some people believe that Calico is haunted by the spirits of the miners! Restoration started in the 1950s to bring it back to the condition it is in today – as a working museum. Attractions include staged gun fights, panning for gold and tours of the mines.
The Joshua Tree National Park straddles two deserts (Mojave and Colorado), and is a wondrous place filled with interesting rock formations and a wide variety of flora. It is worth hiking, or trekking it by horse.