Whether you are planning your honeymoon or your anniversary is approaching, California’s superb Joshua Tree is a great destination to celebrate your love.
With an immense national park and a handful of delightful towns in the middle of breathtaking wilderness, Joshua Tree welcomes couples looking to escape noisy civilization in favor of the serene, beautiful nature. Continue reading to find out more about the most romantic things you can do in Joshua Tree.
1. Find an Idyllic Stay: Glamping in Joshua Tree
Your daily activities are important as they can enhance your stay no matter where you plan to go. But, to make sure you have memorable days, spending your nights in a noteworthy place is wise.
Glamping in Joshua Tree is a fantastic way to enjoy your time away from the city. Switching from light pollution to dark nights will give you the chance to spoil yourselves with romantic moments and unforgettable stargazing sessions.
2. Enjoy Exciting Activities Together: Explore the National Park
Joshua Tree is a superb national park in the southeastern region of California, near Palm Springs. Its name comes from the Joshua trees, native to the area of the Mojave Desert, and it encompasses an area of more than 790,000 acres, offering visitors a variety of places to visit and things to do.
Cottonwood Spring, for instance, is a beautiful spot where you can hike, admire gorgeous waterfalls, and enjoy birdwatching while admiring the spectacular scenery of nature.
Also impressive is Panorama Loop Trail, near Yucca Valley. Boasting a moderate difficulty and featuring colorful wildflowers along the trail as well as some of the park’s most spectacular views and interesting plants, this route is exactly what your romantic escape needs.
And, if you’re feeling more eccentric, choose rock climbing instead of hiking. Joshua Tree has more than 4,500 routes for beginners and experts, as well as training classes or warm-up sessions at Joshua Tree’s Rock Climbing School. Rock climbing is a great activity if you want to sprinkle some adventure on your romance.
3. Explore the Peculiar Pioneertown
Built-in the 1940s as a live-in Wild West movie set, Pioneertown was the site for many TV shows, including The Cisco Kid and Judge Roy Bean. To get in touch with its vintage vibe, roam the dusty road and get closer to its weird “old western Disneyland” feel.
Among the must-sees, you will find the old bank, bathhouse, bowling alley, and reconstructed jail. Also, make sure you don’t miss the fake crows, dynamite props, and realistic dummies.
4. Taste Your Way Around Joshua Tree
Your romantic escape will not be complete if you don’t satisfy your taste buds. Fortunately, there are a few great eateries around Joshua Tree, and Crossroads Café is one of them. There is no better place to grab a hearty breakfast that this friendly and relaxed place. Don’t miss trying the tasty huevos rancheros, and if you’re vegetarians, the “Soy-Rizo” hash, a spicy fried sausage made of soy, will put a smile on your faces.
Natural Sisters Cafe, a cafe with a charming mantra, is another great option for foodies in Joshua Park. You can choose from a variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps, and daily specials, and you have many different gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.
And don’t forget about the baked goods. Fresh every day and made from scratch, they are perfect for your hiking breaks.
5. Indulge in Relaxing Shopping Sessions
With so many boutiques and quirky corner stores, Joshua Tree is heaven for shopping aficionados who are mostly into vintage and eclectic. Hoof and the Horn and Pioneer Crossing are some of the shops you shouldn’t miss.
And if you are looking for a souvenir paradise, go no further than Trailer Court Shops, a mini-village of shopping carts where you can find cool for art and figurative sculptures, Mexican blinkers, and other collectibles.
6. Have Fun Together: Live Music in Joshua Park
No romantic escape is complete without good music. If you love spending your evening listening to live music, surprise your loved one with a special night at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. The charming live music venue is also home to Desert Stars Festival, an annual music event held in September.
Besides the great music, the venue welcomes you with a classic American rustic decor, fair prices, delicious dishes, and tasty drinks in mason jars.
7. Unwind and Pamper Yourselves: Naturalives Rejuvenation Day Spa
Joshua Park is an amazing destination for outdoorsy couples who want to celebrate their love surrounded by spectacular nature. But wandering around and exploring can be as tiring as it is beautiful, and some pampering moments are always welcomed.
So, if you want to unwind and spoil yourselves after a long weekend of desert explorations, Naturalives Day Spa is waiting for you with everything from massage to chakra balancing, a cozy atmosphere, and flawless services.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.