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Kate’s Lazy Desert

Kate’s Lazy Desert
Jazzed up trailer chic from a B-52s rocker

For a stroll down retro-chic memory lane, cruise over to this kitschy compound, where tricked-out trailers form a Mojave dream motel in Landers. Owned by B-52s lead singer Kate Pierson and her partner Monica Coleman, the collection of shiny vintage Airstreams range from fantastic to far out, and from teeny (19 feet long) to downright roomy (32 feet). Sleep in the artistic equivalent of a tubular lava lamp in “Hot Lava.” Live the campy life surrounded by Native American totems in “North to Alaska.” Or get your groove on while sipping cocktails in mid-century-inspired “Tiki.” Each trailer sleeps two and has its own bathroom and small kitchenette, plus A/C for summer and heat for winter.

Landers is about 15 miles from the artsy town of Joshua Tree, so you’re far enough off busy State Highway 62 for star filled skies, but close enough to drive into town for dinner or supplies. It’s about a half hour drive southeast to Joshua Tree National Park, so you'll have time to get up, go for a hike, then come back in time to mix martinis.

Don't feel like hiking? A must see in Landers is the Integratron, a giant white dome which aeronautics engineer and UFO believer George Van Tassel started building in the 1950s. For one of the trippiest experiences you'll ever have, experience the signature “sound bath," when allegedly healing tones are played on crystal bowls in the acoustically perfect chamber. (Visits by appointment only; closed Tuesdays.)

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Southern California

Discover the Deserts

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The strike of a golf club, the hum of the wind buffeting towering sand dunes, the splash of a dive into a perfect pool. The desert region is a sensory feast. 

Following winter rains, springtime wildflowers paint the desert with colour.

Death Valley National Park holds the record for the hottest temperature ever recorded (54°C in 1913), while the deserts of Joshua Tree National Park have giant boulders and alien-like yucca plants. At Anza Borrego, California’s largest state park, discover amazing spring wild flowers. The oasis like Palm Springs region (two hours’ east of Los Angeles and three hours north east of San Diego) has golf resorts, mid-century modern architecture and every spring, the epic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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At 282 ft. below sea level, Badwater in Death Valley National Park is the lowest point in the contiguous United States.
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Luxury Resorts in the Desert

Relax at spoil-yourself spas under the desert sun

Pampering just comes with the territory in the California desert. Maybe in the old days, desert visitors had to pack in supplies and sleep on the...

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Desert Shopping

From boutiques to bargains, vintage to boho-chic, you’ll find it here

In-the-know visitors make sure to come to the Palm Springs area with room in their suitcases. Bargain hunters make a beeline for the town of...

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Where to release your inner fashionista

Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you are in search of the perfect cocktail dress or an authentic Mexican piñata, you will find it here. Want to sample fresh fruits and...

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Golf & tennis

Swing clubs and racquets where the pros do in the Coachella Valley

With world-class golf courses set against dramatic desert landscapes and top-quality tennis courts beneath towering palms, two sports get classy...

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Mid-Century Modern Design

Swing into Sinatra cool in Palm Springs

Filled with distinctive post-World War II buildings designed by leading architects of the time, Palm Springs is America’s Mid-century Modern mecca...

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The lowest golf course in the world is Furnace Creek in Death Valley, at 214 feet below sea level.
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From edgy rock n’ roll to haute fashions, find your fest in the desert

For all of the desert’s natural splendor and outdoor destinations, creativity comes with the territory, too. Throughout the year, the region finds ways to celebrate art, design, music, and film...

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The Lumineers at Coachella by Lucas Himovitz
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LGBTQ Travel in the Deserts

Experience a scene that really heats up when the weather starts to cool down

Fabulous pool parties. Stylish bars and impeccably designed hotels. Pampering spas and energetic nightclubs. Lavish events. There’s no question...

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Vast landscapes, spectacular desert vistas

Both vast and intimate, the California desert is a region that ranges from arid, barren expanses to oasis-like canyons with hidden waterfalls. Towering sand dunes rise above the desert floor,...

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Joshua Tree National Park by Alex Farnum
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Amboy Crater

Hike into a 6,000-year-old volcanic remnant

Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973 and located just off historic Route 66, Amboy Crater is an example of geology creating geometry- it...

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Fossil Falls

Rushing river, sculpted black lava

The truth is that the name Fossil Falls is a bit of a misnomer. After all, there are neither fossils nor a waterfall here. But a walk through...

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Find beauty, wildlife, and solitude in three of America’s newest national preserves

You could call it a monumental achievement: In February 2016, three new national monuments were created, protecting a combined total of 1.8 million acres of California desert. The names of the...

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