National Parks Week is upon us and we Californians are the luckiest in all the land for the wide array of gorgeous outdoor landscapes that we call home. Los Angeles is day-trip central because we can hop in the car, turn up the tunes and drive just a mere 90 minutes away to breathe the fresh air and take in stunning desert scenery of Joshua Tree National Park.

To celebrate our nation's breathtaking natural treasures MapQuest has launched a new feature outlining all 58 national parks in the United States.

The site has detailed coverage of 8 of California's parks which include Death Valley, Sequoia, Yosemite, Channel Islands and Joshua Tree.

Look at stunning photographs of Joshua Tree below and start planning your next roadtrip:

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  • Photo: Facebook: Joshua Tree National Park

  • View of cactus in Cholla Cactus garden in the 1,234-square-mile Joshua Tree National Park, April 07,2008. Photo: Getty Images

  • View of cactus in Cholla Cactus garden in the 1,234-square-mile Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park is located in south-eastern California and declared as a U.S. National Park in 1994, and a U.S. National Monument since 1936. A large part of the park is designated to wilderness area .

  • View of cactus in Cholla Cactus garden in the 1,234-square-mile Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park is located in south-eastern California and declared as a U.S. National Park in 1994, and a U.S. National Monument since 1936. A large part of the park is designated to wilderness area.

  • View of Barker Dam in the 1,234-square-mile Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park is located in south-eastern California and declared as a U.S. National Park in 1994, and a U.S. National Monument since 1936. A large part of the park is designated to wilderness area.

  • A Joshua tree stands in the high Mojave Desert against a twilight sky October 23, 2004 in Mojave, California. The Joshua trees is not a tree at all, but a large yucca belonging to the lily family and one of the Mojave Desert's oldest and most distinctive plants. The Joshua grows very slowly (about 3 inches per year) in the Mojave uplands, above 2,000 feet, in a soil made up of coarse sand and silt.

  • A Joshua tree stands in the high Mojave Desert against a twilight sky October 23, 2004 in Mojave, California. The Joshua trees is not a tree at all, but a large yucca belonging to the lily family and one of the Mojave Desert's oldest and most distinctive plants. The Joshua grows very slowly (about 3 inches per year) in the Mojave uplands, above 2,000 feet, in a soil made up of coarse sand and silt.

  • A dead Joshua tree droops before the setting sun on March 25, 2004 in Joshua Tree National Park, California.

  • A moon in the penumbra stage will soon be in total eclipse as it rises over the desert on May 15, 2003 in Joshua Tree National Park.

  • A jet flying toward Arizona from Los Angeles streaks past a totally eclipsed moon on May 15, 2003 over Joshua Tree National Park.

  • A totally eclipsed moon takes on an orange glow as it rises over giant desert rock formations on May 15, 2003 in Joshua Tree National Park.

  • The moon and Venus shine beyond joshua trees under a storm-scoured sky in Joshua Tree National Monument on January 28, 2000, as a cold front moves out of southern California leaving snow in the desert and skies of blue.

  • The moon and Venus shine beyond joshua trees under a storm-scoured sky in Joshua Tree National Monument on January 28, 2000.

  • Mark Frumpkin and Mike Powell climb Suicide Rock at Joshua Tree National Monument in 1997.

  • A couple mountain bikes through the trails of Joshua Tree State Park on a summer day.

  • A rock climber nears the top of a treacherous peak in Joshua Tree.

  • A couple hikes, silhouetted against the large boulders of Joshua Tree National Monument

  • Photo: Facebook: Joshua Tree National Park