Maybe it’s because of the new 5 days per week JetBlue direct flights from New York’s JFK to Palm Springs, but the Palm Springs/Joshua Tree area are being touted as the place for a perfect winter escape in this amNewYork article by Ivan Pereira.

Ivan writes that if you’re interested in more than just a beach stay, the Palm Springs-Joshua Tree area, located about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, is an ideal spot. Ivan notes that from the minute you get into Palm Springs, you immediately notice the difference in density, with Palm Springs has a suburban feel to its architecture. Many of the homes and shops were constructed in the 1950s and have that retro aesthetic that screams West Coast style. In addition, Palm Springs offers fun locales, including art museums, shops and restaurants.

If you really want to take in the locale, Ivan suggests driving to Joshua Tree National Park, which at  792,510 acres, is bigger than Rhode Island by roughly 20,000 acres. There are several hiking trails inside the park, one of the most popular being Indian Cove, which also features a sprawling campground space, perfect for stargazing on a warm night. Joshua Tree has several rock climbing spots and areas where one can boulder anywhere from 10 to 100 feet, too.  And of course it offers fields of cacti, lizards and the namesake Joshua trees.  In addition, park officials hold several events throughout the year, including a monthly full moon walk where hikers can see the night sky in its full glory.

To read the article, please use the link below, courtesy of amNew York: