Serendipity has always been kind to me, and I believe that cultivating the ability to trust serendipity – to follow its compass — is one of the essential travel arts. A journey I took a few years ago to Easter Island provided the perfect example of the gifts that serendipity can sometimes bestow. That journey […]
The landscapes of Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks are startling, sublime, surreal, and exquisite. We’ll thread our way deep into each park to discover fascinating complexities of the seemingly austere surroundings. Two distinct lodges – one eclectic and one elegant – round out this desert journey.
From Palm Springs, we make our way to Joshua Tree National Park for our first glimpse of the namesake trees and a stop at the visitor center, to gain our bearings. We’ll take a choice hike in the park before arriving at our unique accommodations in Twentynine Palms. On our full day in the area, we head for the farthest reaches of the park, with rock formations, unique flora, a waterfall, and historic ranch.
Next, we’re off to Death Valley, stopping and hiking in Mojave National Preserve en route. We arrive in Death Valley and our oasis accommodations at Furnace Creek Inn, complete with palm gardens and a spring-fed pool. The largest national parks in the Lower 48 offers up a number of wonders, and our explorations take us from the depths of Badwater Basin – located below sea level – to the top of Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet! In between, we’ll admire the landscape from Dante’s View, hike the Golden Canyon Trail, visit Scotty’s Castle in Grapevine Canyon, hike through Mosaic Canyon, and take in a sunrise from Zabriskie Point.
When we’re through, we’ll drive to Las Vegas for flights home.