Despite its grandeur, grace and rising popularity, Joshua Tree is a place few of us have ever physically traveled to. Virtually everyone's been here, however, thanks to popular culture.
Ever seen a classic Western film by John Ford?
Ever sung along with Glenn Frey of the Eagles as he pined for sleeping in the desert with million stars all around? Maybe you've even shared the emotions of U2's Bono as he sings about still not having found what he's looking for. / From an album that was named for, inspired by and recorded near the park. / If so, you've been to Joshua Tree.
But popular culture has its limits. To see the real Joshua Tree, you've got to load up on the sunscren, lace on some sturdy hiking boots and grab that little telescope from the attic.