The desert city of Palm Springs is about a two hour drive East of Los Angeles. Situated in a valley between two very dramatic desert mountain ranges, it's got it's own microclimate with constant sunshine. We headed over for two nights at The Ace Hotel for some sun and to check out the modernist architecture.
This is us trying to fit in with the hipsters at the Ace. (I think the lack of tattoos gives us away)
During the 20th century Palm Springs was known as a stomping ground for the Hollywood movie stars and it was also popular among architects who used it as a playground for experimenting with ideas from the modernist and Bauhaus movement. This resulted in the largest concentration of mid-century architecture of any city so there is lots to of interesting buildings to go and see.
Also worth exploring is the Joshua Tree National Park which is an hour or so further East. It's a huge area with an empty eerie landscape full of unusual rock formations and of course a lot of joshua trees.