Palm Springs/Joshua Tree is the perfect place to visit when you want to go on a road trip with your friends. There are many pit stops to make while enjoying the city. September/October is a perfect time to go when the heat is enjoyable. Here are my favorite stops along the way to Joshua Tree National Park.
Conveniently located near a Shell gas station and a Burger King, Cabazon Dinosaurs is the perfect first stop on your road trip. We didn’t have time to check out the actual museum, but we did explore the gift shop inside one of the dinosaurs. Take some fun pictures of the dinosaurs outside and grab some snacks to munch on before the next stop!
Now this is not an actual roadside attraction, but you literally do have to pull over the road to visit. It’s on private property so keep your distance in order not to trespass. You can’t miss seeing these wind mills if you’re visiting Palm Springs! And yes, it’s as windy as it looks in everyone’s pictures.
Of course Palm Springs would have a botanical garden dedicated to cacti and succulents. It’s even home to the World’s First Cactarium. Admission is $5 for adults and you can purchase your own cacti when you circle back to the front entrance. I’ve never seen so many different cacti strolling through the nursery here.
This was definitely a fun stop before heading out to Joshua Tree. It might be tricky to find, but it is worth the stop. Try to visit during a normal time to catch the owner of the museum–Shari. She is friendly and even sells some interesting items and art pieces in her shop. I got a great t-shirt! The museum itself is adorable. What a colorful collection!
With a short drive from the main road, you have access to one of my favorite stops during our road trip. A free outdoor museum that is big enough to explore for at least a good hour. Just don’t forget to leave some time to explore the main attraction: Joshua Tree National Park!
What a better way to end a satisfying road trip than a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. A sunset here is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The colors of the sunset mixed with the warm colors of the desert create a feast for your eyes.