Early Spanish settlers decided to christen their new conquest, California, after recalling the folklore of a blossoming island oasis that was ruled by a mythical queen, Califia. As you travel toward your destination you imagine discovering the desert landscape for the first time—did they feel a sense of terror at the newness of the experience, or just unequivocal joy from finding such an astonishing territory? With visions of long forgotten royalty swimming in your head, you embark on your journey to Desert Hot Springs hotels with a sense of awe and mysticism.
A warm wind pulses through the air around you and you catch your first glimpse of the steely San Bernadino Mountains—could this be paradise found? Palm tree-lined roads pave the way for your rental cars in Desert Hot Springs as you traverse 31 miles to Joshua Tree. With the California sun shining down gently on your back, you wander through wildflowers in the desert, blooming defiantly in the heat in stunning shades of gold and purple. Cacti and yucca plants catch your eye as you roam. Did early settlers also gaze upon this dry weather greenery, projecting images of newly formed civilizations? Meanwhile, a few miles away sits the opulence of hotels in Desert Hot Springs. There’s no doubt in your mind that the explorers of the past couldn’t have predicted such modern marvels, but then again, there’s no way for you to foresee how the landscape will change in the coming centuries. Regardless, you’re grateful to return to your accommodation, where a sense of the state has been preserved in not only its landscaping, but in the adventurous and optimistic spirit present in all who cross its doors.
Your skin feels crisp as you towel off by the pool and return to your room. The time has come to pack your things and continue with your exploration of Southern California. Hotels near Desert Hot Springs have treated you well, but also awakened a dormant curiosity in you. Will hotels in Palm Springs be even more worthwhile? And from there, will you continue on to Los Angeles, where you can gaze upon the final frontier—the Pacific Ocean? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for certain, you wish you could unabashedly deliver praise to queen Califia. Her legendary land turned out to be quite extraordinary, indeed.