Is it worth visiting Joshua Tree? Yes! We weren't quite sure what to expect when heading to Joshua Tree, but it really is so unique - in a super interesting way.
Joshua Tree, a quirky and unique national park, with an almost eerie vibe. That being said, beautiful in its own special way - ideal for a long weekend adventure.
Palm Springs is the closest airport, but can be pretty expensive to fly into. We ended up flying to Ontario airport (ONT), which isn't too bad of a drive to Joshua Tree
Sunset is definitely the best time in the park - make sure to be there then!
Temperatures change pretty rapidly - so bring layers (i.e., super hot in day time and we even got snow at night, not a common occurrence per the locals)
We made a stop in Palm Springs on the way out - always a fun place to check out if you have the time
Itinerary - Go down, pick a few different hikes that sound appealing to you and have a relaxing, fun weekend
Now for the real details!
Where to stay?
What to do?
Go see the Cholla Cactus Garden - not a far drive and an interesting sight to see with cacti instead of Joshua Trees
If you want to go to a different part of the park - a nice, moderate hike is the Panorama Loop trail. Longer and a varied feel from the main area
We also checked out this old western Pioneertown which, though not overwhelming, was a nice stop and fun change of scenery!
Where to eat / drink?
For dinner: We went to a hoppin' pizza place one night (read: wait was very long) - Pie for the People - which did the trick for us. There aren't thaaaat many places, so there seems to be a wait in most.
The other night we went to Joshua Tree Saloon - a dive bar vibe (with a lot of city clientele)
For brunch/lunch, there are a bunch of options - though our favorite was Frontier Cafe
Would you recommend to your friend / family? Yes, quite a different place and worth a see
Would you return? No, probably not - at least for a while. Just a place to see once in a lifetime
Favorites to speak of:
Lodging: Our place was fine, but we would definitely check out Hicksville if we went again
Activity: Sight-seeing at sunset. A really great lighting for the uniqueness of the park
Eating/Drinking: Again, nothing in particular here - but some good brunch spots