The picturesque community of Joshua Tree lies about two hours out from the sprawling megalopolis that is Los Angeles and offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with the Californian desert culture.
Joshua Tree: A Window to the Past
Lying in the heart of the Mojave Desert, sleepy Joshua Tree, which was first settled in the early 1920s, is a direct link to Southern California's past, and its quaint wooden stores and structures give visitors an accurate idea of what conditions were like in the area at the start of the last century. For those looking for a relaxing time away and also looking to sample the delights of the desert, nothing could be better than a few days in one of the comfortable Joshua Tree vacation rentals. The community also lies only an hour or so away from such popular Southern California resorts as Palm Springs, Coachella and Palm Desert, and day trips to these locations - and the awe-inspiring Joshua Tree National Park - can easily be arranged.
Desert Fun: Attractions in the Joshua Tree Area
The Joshua Tree National Park is not the only place of interest in the area, although this 790,000 acre park is a major drawcard and attracts thousands of tourists every year. Apart from the park, those enjoying a getaway in a Joshua Tree short term rental must also make time to visit, among other places, Gubler Orchids, which offers free tours of its orchid and carnivorous plant growing grounds. Nearby Pioneertown is also a major attraction and invites guests to visit its Pappy and Harriet's Palace honky-tonk restaurant - where the five-star menu features delights such as Pappy's Homemade Chili and the Cowboy Combo - and to attend its live Old West re-enactments every weekend from April through October.
Joshua Tree National Park
There is hardly anything more satisfying than enjoying a day outdoors in this stunning park and then coming home to relax in one of the comfortable Joshua Tree vacation rentals. The park is a mixture of Mojave and Colorado desert and is renowned for its dramatic and arid landscapes, intriguing wildlife and unusual rock formations. The Yucca brevifolia - also known as the Joshua tree - is the star of the park, and its stark branches resemble praying hands frozen in the act of reaching up to the heavens. Visitors to the park can choose between rock climbing, scrambling, hiking and birdwatching - to name but a few popular activities - and must-see park attractions include the infamous Skull Rock, Barker Dam, which features Native American petroglyphs, Old Woman Rock and the ghostly Lost Horse Mine.
Joshua Tree's Unique Shopping Opportunities
Although visitors to Joshua Tree should not expect the multi-million dollar shopping malls that abound in Los Angeles, they can expect both wonderfully old-fashioned specialty stores and well-stocked national park visitors' centers. Everyone should buy a souvenir or two to commemorate their trip to Joshua Tree, and visitors can choose between informative books on the area and its history as well as more esoteric gifts like crystals, handmade craft items and jewelry. There is also a good stock of rock-climbing equipment for those who suddenly feel the urge to attempt the park's more vigorous climbs.
Accommodation: "Roughing It" in Comfort
The Joshua Tree vacation homes that are available through Globe Homes and Condos are a charming mix of the traditional Old West and the modern Californian, and they will become the quintessential home-away-from-home for all those wanting to indulge in a peaceful desert getaway. Joshua Tree may be a sprawling community, but all of the available Globe Homes rentals are centrally situated and thus give visitors easy access to both the national park and the area's other attractions. The verdict is in: those wanting to explore Joshua Tree needn't go out on a limb as far as accommodation goes, and they can rest assured that their Globe Homes Joshua Tree vacation rentals are the pick of the crop.
A trip to Joshua Tree comes highly recommended, and the area offers sights that, although diametrically opposed to the bright lights and lollipops of nearby Los Angeles and Tinseltown, have their own stark and unforgettable beauty.