Tag archives for Palm Springs

Jeff Ohlfs began his love affair with Joshua Tree National Park a quarter of a century ago. The chief ranger of the park, Ohlfs has seen more of Joshua Tree than any other person posted there. “I remember believing I could never work in a desert park,” says the national park service veteran. “Now, two decades later, I cannot pull myself away from it. For me, it is home.” Here’s his insider’s guide to one of the premier jewels of the Southern California desert.

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Know Before You Go: Los Angeles

Traveling to an unfamiliar destination can be stressful and overwhelming. And while there are oodles of travel sites, books, and blogs to recommend the hottest new this or the cheapest that, there are few places to turn for practical information that will save you time, and keep you safe. That’s why there’s Know Before You Go.

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I was being that person — a creeper. I usually avoid being that person, especially when it comes to celebrities. Yet here I was walking around with my purple camera snapping furtive pictures of people’s homes. But the houses I was hunting didn’t belong to Britney Spears or Brad Pitt, and I wasn’t high in the Hollywood Hills. I was in the California desert searching for low-profile bungalows once owned by some of Old Hollywood’s biggest icons.

National Geographic Traveler columnist Christopher Elliott is trekking through the Los Angeles area with his family in search of the real Southern California. This is his second dispatch; read the first here. Mention Palm Springs and images of golf courses, gated retirement communities and windmills probably come to mind. And while there are plenty of…