Need to live in a central location with convenient access to major metropolitan areas? Coachella Valley is the place. Nestled between the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains, as well as the Little San Bernardinos, Coachella Valley is centrally located with clear cut access to Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Let’s start with an Easy Road Trip to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is a little over 4 hours away and you can take back roads to avoid potential Interstate 15 traffic. Our route was Highway 62 through 29 Palms, to Kelso and through the Mojave National Preserve. Some scenic highlights are Roy’s Motel & Café in Amboy on Route 66 with the picturesque sign and Kelso, a defunct train station, that is now the Visitor Center for the Preserve and a great spot for a break. My favorite sight was the numerous Joshua trees north of Kelso.
The purpose of our easy road trip to Las Vegas was Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga has permanent residency at the Park MGM until November. To get you in the mood for her performances, there is Haus of Gaga displaying her outfits, like her meat dress and A Star is Born Ally outfit, outrageous shoes, video clips and floating Gaga replicas. Each group gets 20 minutes in the Haus and it’s free!
We chose the Enigma pop performance over her jazz show. Enigma started with a bang! Lady Gaga suspended from the ceiling playing her guitar and singing Just Dance while dangling above the audience. She kept it going once she landed with Poker Face. Her outfits were flamboyant, and she changed at least 5 times. Her dancers were spot on and the choreography amazing. She played for 2 hours, ending with Bad Romance and Born This way, encoring with Shallow. She is an amazing woman and the audience absolutely loved her. It was the best rock show performance that I’ve attended. A definite must see.
I’m back to Coachella Valley and feeling good knowing that it’s an easy road trip to Las Vegas and other areas. If you are interested in Palm Springs or Palm Desert, please contact me. I love sharing the desert secrets!