Go to part 1: OC to Palm Springs
Palm Desert and Palm Springs are nice towns to spend the night, stroll along the main streets, do some (window) shopping and take in all the wealth these towns are famous for. It can be hot during the day but is often nice after it gets dark. Sometimes, it can be rather chilly as well depending on the time of year.
I have been here a few times before and I always make a quick stop at One Eleven Vintage Cars as they often have some unique classic cars and youngtimers available. Certainly all cars you don’t see at the average car dealer. There a couple other places as well: Three Palm Springs classic car dealers cater to vintage auto collectors
There are a few ways you can drive from the Palm Desert area to Amboy. One is through the Joshua Tree National Park which requires an entrance fee. You’ll also probably want to spend some more time in this park and just driving through it won’t do it justice. For this trip, I took the faster route towards Twentynine Palms.
I just never get enough of driving through the desert with endless views and roads that disappear into the distance.
The Amboy Crater, remnants of a volcano with a large lava field around it. It is estimated to be about 79,000 years old. There is a hiking trail that goes to the volcano’s rim.
The town of Amboy on Route 66 has mainly been a ghost town after the 1972 opening of Interstate 40 a few miles to the north. Amboy has a colorful history and Roy’s Motel and Café and gas station is always a favorite spot to take some pictures.
This little town and area has been in several movies, as well as some music videos like this one by Armin van Buuren.
And the road continues towards the Mojave National Preserve.
Kelso in the distance. Not much rain here so the entire desert has this type of vegetation.
Continue with part 3: Kelso to Las Vegas and back