Located roughly half way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the city of Indio transforms into a world-class music destination each April when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off the summer concert season. Less boho than Bonnaroo but more secluded (and, let's face it, better curated) than Lollapalooza, Coachella has a little something for everyone -- from Drake to Steely Dan. But if you're burnt out on buzz bands or just curious about the local scenery, stray beyond the campgrounds and discover everything from breathtaking views to Cali's oddest roadside attraction.
1. Joshua Tree Most people associate it with the breakout U2 album, but Californians know it as a spiritual retreat barely a half hour east of Indio. Joshua Tree National Park is celebrated for its sweeping views, breathtaking sunrises and rugged terrain--perfect for daytime hikes.