Breathtaking sunrises, unique art installations and incredible landscapes make the California desert an eclectic and unique vacation destination.
Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park, which encompasses 1,235 square miles of land -- an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island.
Sculptures in Desert Christ Park, a 3.5-acre sculpture garden in Yucca Valley. Aircraft worker Antone Martin began crafting the concrete figures in the 1940s to inspire peace during the Cold War, and the 15 sculptures still stand today ' though in various states of disrepair.
The sunrise in Palm Springs, a popular resort town and retirement spot for the rich and famous of the 1950s and '60s.
Desert badlands and mountains in Death Valley National Park, the hottest and driest national park in the US.
Pioneertown, built in 1946 as a live-in western movie set. Mock gunfights and other Old West demonstrations occur on Mane Street from April to October.
Ranchos Los Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA, a small resort city in the Coachella Valley.
A Union Pacific train passes the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Park in Palm Springs, the oldest commercial wind farm in the US. Tours of the park occur every Wednesday to Saturday.
A Joshua tree, the namesake of the national park it's located in.
The Salton Sea, once a desert oasis for celebrities and wealthy vacationers, is the largest body of water in California. However, by the mid-1970s the salinity level of the water had risen so high that barely any fish or wildlife could survive. Entire neighborhoods surrounding the sea were abandoned and remain eerie ghost towns.
An abandoned stone structure in the Coachella Valley that was once a gas station and, reputedly, a long-ago stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route.
The sunrise in Yucca Valley.
Art in Death Valley, which contains the lowest, driest and hottest places in North America.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world's largest rotating tramway.
The resort city of Rancho Mirage, located south of Palm Springs, boasts 12 golf courses.
'Salvation Mountain,' an art installation by Leonard Knight in Niland, CA, is an incredible 50 feet tall and 150 feet wide. Knight started the project to spread his message of universal love, and in 2002 his mountain was placed in the Congressional Record as a national treasure.
The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is held each April in Indio, CA.