To enjoy days of hiking amid Joshua Tree's splendor, make Palm Springs, about an hour's drive away, your jumping-off point.
A mecca of mid-century modern style, the city has maintained the swagger that once made it popular with the Rat Pack. You can embrace the town's Old Hollywood glamour with a tour of the Movie Colony, a small district that once was an escape from L.A. for many of the rich and famous.
For accommodations, stay at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club, an eco-conscious property that blends desert decor and bohemian style with quirky amenities such as record players and vinyls. Looking for something on the upper end of upscale? The Parker Palm Springs is a dreamy, Jonathan Adler-designed oasis that emulates the spiritual mysticism of the late 1960s with desert modernism.
Chances are, the National Park will give you your great-outdoors fix. But if you're looking for another way to enjoy the California sunshine, consider teeing up at one of the city's many superlative golf courses.