This is the most unique driving tour offered during Escape. The route we take offers a variety of road types, from the mountains to the Mojave Desert.
We'll start up Highway 18, known as Rim of the World because of the views looking down into San Bernardino County from an elevation of 7000 ft. The Rim of the World Scenic Byway travels through some of the most naturally beautiful areas left in Southern California. We'll go through Big Bear Lake area continuing down the north side of Highway 18 into the desert. The north side of highway 18 is little traveled with fantastic views of the Lucern Valley and winding roads to enjoy. We hit highway 247 and head over to Joshua Tree National Park. Before we enter the park we'll catch lunch at the famous Pappy & Harriet's Pioneer Town Place.
Straddling the boundary between the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in Southern California, Joshua Tree is home to some of American’s most strange and surreal scenery. The park’s twisted trees, towering rock formations, and jumbled geology create a Seussian landscape that lures rock clumbers, rock stars, and ester aficionados from around the globe.
At 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree takes up a vast chunk of the Southern California desert. But only two major roads run through the park. Park Boulevard and Pinto Basin Road. Park Boulevard passes through the famous Mojave Desert. Lying above 3,000 feet in elevations, the Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree occupies a slightly cooler climate filled with strange rock formations and thousands of Joshua trees. The rock formations, some as tall as twenty story buildings, lure a stead stream of rock climbers from around the world. Joshua Tree’s 8,000 plus climbs make it one of North America’s premier climbing destinations – especially in the winter months when other rock climbing meccas are covered in ice and snow.
After Joshua Tree I recommend a stop in Palm Springs for the tram ride up Mt. San Jacinto. The view at the top is amazing. The tour is limited to 100 people, cost $40 per person, this includes park entry fee and tram ticket. If your up for some Palm Springs night life, many of us will be having dinner there before we head back to the hotel. Lunch and dinner costs are not included.