Where can you explore labyrinths, canyons, a real oasis, majestic rock formations and an ancient forest? No, it's not a movie, it's a real-life adventure like no other - Palm Springs area desert jeep tours let you experience the one-of-a-kind, uniquely California natural features you've only heard about until now.
Guided tours through Joshua Tree National Park take you through two deserts and two eco-systems. Not only will you be introduced to the native plants and animals in the park, you'll also learn about its rich history. During growing season, some tours may take you through California's famous agricultural areas where you'll see date tree fields, grape farms, orange groves, and lots of other crops.
Hollywood may have its Walk of Fame, but the Palm Springs Walk of Stars is a fascinating look at some very special people and a must-see destination in this beautiful city.
Although the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was only founded in 1992, it's considered a historical landmark. Each Golden Palm Star embedded in the Palm Springs sidewalks honors noteworthy people from all eras who, "by their presence in the area, contributed to the charm, worldwide prominence and name recognition of Greater Palm Springs." Honorees must have owned or rented real estate or a dwelling in the Greater Palm Springs area and lived there for "periods of considerable regularity."
One of California's most unique natural experiences is waiting for you at Joshua Tree National Park, where the Colorado and Mojave deserts meet across 800,000 acres of unspoiled beauty. Under a backdrop of cultural history and surreal geographical features, this vast wilderness is home to bighorn sheep, striking starlit night skies, magnificent panoramic views, and of course, legendary Joshua trees.
Diverse in their shapes and always unusual, Joshua trees are native to the Mojave desert and can be tall and spindly or fuller and bushy. Their tough leaves were used by Native Americans to make baskets and sandals, and their roasted or raw seeds and buds provided nutrients in foods. In their original language, local Cahuilla called these spiky trees "humwichawa", but the name we know is a biblical reference and came from Mormon settlers, who used the branches and trunks for fencing. Today, wildlife from animals to insects use the tree for food and shelter, making the Joshua Tree an important part of the park's ecosystem.
Palm Springs has its own undeniable (and arguably world-famous) style. It also has attitude. Combine the two and what frequently comes to mind are the iconic modern-style houses of the late 50s and early 60s. Like famous works of art, these houses are referred to by the names of their architects and though Palm Springs has "Alexanders" a-plenty, there is much to be said for the "Meiselmans" as well. Jack Meiselman, that is.
From 1959-1960, Meiselman constructed nearly 200 houses in Palm Springs. While this may seem like quite a lot, the Alexander Construction Company produced about 2,500 similar houses around the same time, making Meiselman houses the truly rarer gems. Another unique aspect that differentiates Meiselmans from Alexanders is placement. Meiselman preferred to construct his houses with only one or two at a location, scattered throughout the city; the Alexander Construction Company, however, bought up huge plots of land, frequently building hundreds of houses at one site.