As famous for its dreamy desert accommodation and hippy-chic vibes as it is its otherworldly landscape and namesake trees, Joshua Tree is the destination du jour for millennials and elopers. Inside Joshua Tree National Park, giant boulders and alien-like flora provide a scenic backdrop for hikers, climbers, and campers. Catch sunrise at Cholla Cactus Garden; hike the Arch Rock, Hidden Valley, and Barker Dam trails; and watch the sunset from Cap Rock or the summit of Ryan Mountain (it’s worth the 1.5-mile, or 2.4-kilometer, uphill battle). Outside park limits, grab a coffee at Joshua Tree Coffee Company, peruse Mexican blankets and crystals at Sun Alley Shops, and visit eclectic Joshua Tree attractions such as Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum and the World Famous Crochet Museum. Don’t skip a trip to Pappy & Harriet’s honky-tonk in nearby Pioneertown for live music and barbecue.
Pro tip: If you’re planning to head directly to Joshua Tree from Las Vegas, hit the North Entrance in 29 Palms, where the lines are typically shorter than at the other entrances on weekends.