PalmSprings & Santa Monica

Roadtrip from Sydney to LA via Palm Springs, Joshuah Tree, twenty nine palms, Santa Monica, Pacific Pallisaides

Fly in to LAX with 3 days in Palm Springs and a side trip through Joshua Tree National Park, Santa Monica beachside and some Mid Century bucket list site visits.

Day One - I fly to LA and pick up the wheels for the week.

Character of the landscape

Sunnylands Estate


(frank) Sinatra house by e stewart williams

sinatra house

sinatra house

sinatra house


LAX carpark structure

6am and a foggy arrival to LAX brutalist

For the weekend, I made it through 7am LA fog and traffic to Palm Springs in good form
Friendly group at the Palm Springs Visitors Centre, repurposed from a gas (service) station

Typical stark desert backdrop to the valley that embraces Palm Springs

alkazar palm spring design district

Simple and spacious accomodation in a retrofitted 1950’s courtyard hotel
Local brew for lunch
steel houses | architect donald wexler

Kaufman’s house | architect Richard neutra

The gates were added later as people were walking into the property to look and take photos
The Palm Springs Design District
The Shops at Thirteen Forty Four retrofitted as a boutique artist and design oriented enclave
High quality “xeriscape” streets integrating original “public art” elements and design oriented shopping
Created By
wil robertson