When Americans think of California’s natural majesty, they picture pristine white beaches, towering forests and endless mountain ranges. Joshua Tree National Park is definitely a unique gem that can’t be missed by the nature lover. In addition to rolling desert mountains and sandy hills, the park is well known for its dream-like, strange natural features. Lots of eerie, strange towers of orange boulders and arched rocks add a quirky uniqueness to the dunes, but the inimitable Joshua trees truly star in this show. Mormon settlers named the Joshua tree for its outstretched branches, but the quirky zig-zag branches topped with spiky needle-like leaves may remind the modern traveler of a Dr. Seuss creation. This desert survivor is truly unique and worthy of a visit from any American road warrior.