The quiet solitude of the Mojave Desert blends with the posh city life of Palm Springs in the desert region of Southern California. Grab some water and sunscreen, and head out to explore the rugged Joshua Tree National Park or take in a round of golf. Spend some time in the hottest, driest place in North America with a visit to Death Valley National Park. For a complete change of pace, shop upscale boutiques, enjoy fine cuisine, or hit the golf courses of Palm Springs, an oasis in the desert. Get your kicks on Route 66 with a stop in Barstow, a city that celebrates the Mother Road.