12/10/2010 12:06 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Joshua Tree Getaway: Desert Dreaming

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By Megan Cytron

With sunny highs in the 60s and bright blue winter skies, December and January are excellent months to hit the road and head to Joshua Tree National Park and the quirky area surrounding it. This brief respite from the blistering heat allows outdoorsy types to rock climb and take long hikes without risking heat exhaustion (though you'll need sunblock--and polar fleece at sundown). Photographers and botany geeks can linger as long as they like capturing the desert flora. There may be no better place to catch this month's lunar eclipse and Geminid meteor showers. Especially if you are doing so while soaking in a hot spring under billions (and billions) of stars.

Joshua Tree: Desert Dreaming

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