Living in Washington state makes a trip to California, or anywhere withย  a ton of sun, a necessity during the winter months. A short, reasonably priced plane ride from Seattle, Washington to Palm Springs, California was just what we needed to make it through aย  rainy winter.

The U2 Album, ” Joshua Tree”, always made me want to visit Joshua Tree National Park in California. On our second day in Palm Springs, my husband, sister-and-law and I decided to hop in the car and explore one of California’s coolest national parks!

Joshua Tree National Park

The Joshua Tree wasn’t in bloom, but they were unlike any tree I had ever seen before and they were beautiful all the same.

Joshua Tree

Weย  found Marilyn Monroe in Downtown Palm Springs! During the early Hollywood days, the stars were required to be within a two hour drive of the sets where they were working. Palm Springs, California became a favorite destination of Hollywood actors who were looking to get away from the hustle of the city.

“Forever Marilyn”

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar, takes you 8,517 feet to Mount San Jacinto State Park.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

As it was three days before Christmas when we landed in California, we were interested in seeing how the town celebrated the holiday season. We were told about an oddly entertaining art exhibit called Robolights . I would strongly encourage visiting Robolights – you won’t be disappointed! Enjoy the photos.

Robolights

Robolights

Robolights

Robolights

 

Robolights

Robolights