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Southern California is a perfect mix of natural landscapes and Hollywood glamour. Whether you are in downtown Los Angeles, San Diego, or parts in between, you can find everything you need. Some of the best amenities are within minutes of a beach, and a car ride away from gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, and hiking trails. There is something for everyone in Southern California whether you want to hike up a mountain to soak up the view of a waterfall or visit Sleeping Beauty's castle.

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1. Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is just east of Palm Springs. This park is where the Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems meet which presents the opportunity for a wide variety of animals and plants, including the Joshua Tree that gave the park its name. This area provides gorgeous surroundings for a wide range of outdoor activities. It is also a great place to spend the night. From here, you can experience breathtaking views of the Milky Way in some of the darkest skies in California.

Joshua Tree Milky Way Schroptschop / Getty Images
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