You’ve made it all the way out to the desert: Don’t just limit yourself to the festival. Our pals at the travel website Fathom picked the best things to do when you’re in town for Coachella. Joshua Tree to the east, Salton Sea to the south, Palm Springs to the north. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Coachella planted itself in an area of California with lots of distractions. Take a day off from the festival – or better, add a few days to your trip – to check them out.
Borrego Springs is a surreal alternative to its bourgeois neighbor, Palm Springs. Dig the giant animal sculptures throughout Galleta Meadows Estate, a mini Marfa and a city folk's safari rolled into one. Then ponder the galaxy: Borrego Springs has one of the blackest night skies in the US, so much so that it was deemed California's only Dark Sky Community. It's Disneyland for the stargazer.
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The Integratron in Joshua Tree State Park is an acoustically perfect structure built on a geomagnetic vortex in the 1950s by aeronautical engineer George Van Tassel, who apparently got instructions on how to build it from aliens. True story! Come for a sound bath, an hour-long sonic healing session.
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Desert Hot Springs
What’s with all the springs around here? For a desert area, they sure do have powerful water. Desert Hot Springs calls itself California’s Spa City, and it’s a great place to come for a restoring soak in rich mineral waters. There are lots of easy options, but we’re partial to Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel.
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