US Desert

As the sun scorches overhead, Tony hops into his classic Thunderbird and hits the open road of the US Desert, hoping to learn more about the region and its food.

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Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park in California
Arch Rock

Arch Rock

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. 960 1280

By Elia Scudiero (arch rock startrailUploaded by ComputerHotline) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Desert Christ Park

Desert Christ Park

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. 960 1280
Palm Springs

Palm Springs

The sunrise lights one of the main thoroughfares in Palm Springs, California, a popular resort town and retirement spot for the rich and famous of the 1950s and '60s. 960 1280
Death Valley

Death Valley

Desert badlands and mountains in Death Valley National Park, the hottest and driest national park in the US. 960 1280

By Rachot Moragraan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Pioneertown

Pioneertown

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. 960 1280

By Mfield, Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons  

Ranchos Los Palmas Resort

Ranchos Los Palmas Resort

Ranchos Los Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA, a small resort city in the Coachella Valley. 960 1280
San Gorgonio Pass Wind Park

San Gorgonio Pass Wind Park

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Park in Palm Springs is the oldest commercial wind farm in the US. Tours of the park occur every Wednesday to Saturday. 960 1280
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Several Joshua trees on display in the desert, the namesake of the national park it's located in. 960 1280
Salton Sea

Salton Sea

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. 960 1280
Pinery Station

Pinery Station

What's left of an abandoned stone structure known as Pinery Station stands in the Coachella Valley. It was once a gas station and, reputedly, a long-ago stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route.
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Yucca Valley Sunrise

Yucca Valley Sunrise

The sunrise in Yucca Valley boasts beautiful warm hues of red, blue, purple and yellow, while desert plants bask in its light.  960 1280

By Rennett Stowe from USA (Early Spring) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Art in Death Valley

Art in Death Valley

Art in Death Valley, which contains the lowest, driest and hottest places in North America. 960 1280
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in the midst of the California desert is the world's largest rotating tramway. 960 1280

By Mfield, Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons  

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

'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. 960 1280

By taylorandayumi (Salvation Mountain) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Coachella Music and Arts Festival

Coachella Music and Arts Festival

The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is held each April in Indio, CA. 960 1280

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