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Road trip USA – Day 2 – From Palm Springs to Needles

Early morning wake up call! Today we take a ride from Palm Springs to Needles. With a stop to visit Joshua Tree National Park. But first we enjoy a typical American breakfast in the hotel.


Our hotel is only 10 minutes drive from downtown Palm Springs. A small town, that in the golden years of Hollywood, was the base of all stars.

We stare at the beautiful gardens and many fine restaurants and bars. We make a quick stop by Starbucks for a coffee and walk along the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, the mini version of the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.


We pass a kitschy shop we could not pass without stepping inside, so much fun!


Next stop is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. A 360 degree rotating cable car that brings you to the summit of San Jacinto Peak at 806m altitude. The mountain itself is 2500m above sea level. When we arrived at the station we were a bit shocked by the people all dressed in winter clothes… But tough as we are, in slippers, we went upstairs. “Mmmh there is now snow?” And indeed, the temperature was around 0 degrees, so 25 degrees difference. But snow in the summer… Who can say that?


Jalisco Restaurant serves us this afternoon for a nice meal.

A typical Mexican kitchen, where mother and daughter let us taste their delicious Tacos and Chili con Carna. With the necessary Mariachi music in the background and hot homemade chili sauce we imagine ourselves here in Mexico!


Directions to Yucca Valley, the base for Joshua Tree National Park. We stop along the village, just before the entrance of the park, and come into series of beautiful old buildings, cowboy style saloons and the kitschy “Beauty Bubble”, a hairsalon-museum. The hairdresser here told us that he has his collection for more than 25 years!


Joshua Tree National Park, we enter through the north and drive past the most beautiful landscapes full of Joshua trees and boulders. Hills and rocks that are broken up into separate pieces. The one stop is more beautiful than the other, and so we see Skull Rock, Sheep Mountain,…


The last piece to Needles, we drive along Route 66. Direction Amboy, we see Roy’s gas station and motel. A piece of living history of the Route. The closer we get, the more desolate places we encounter along the way to our destination. All faded glory of the golden 50’s and 60’s.


Before we check-in at our hotel, the Knights Inn, we go for dinner at The Wagon Wheel.

American food at it’s best, pork chops, steaks, you name it, they serve it!


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