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The thwack of a golf club, the hum of the wind buffeting towering sand dunes, the splash of a dive into a glistening pool—the desert region is a sensory feast. Death Valley National Park holds the record for hottest temperature ever recorded (129°F in 1913), while the deserts of Joshua Tree National Park feature giant boulders and alien-like yucca plants. At Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, discover perfect night skies, slot canyons, and spring wildflowers. The Greater Palm Springs region boasts great golfing, luxurious resorts, world-class shopping, and midcentury modern architecture.

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