This off the beaten path tour of Southern California will give you an insight into the uniqueness of this incredible area! The immense, unique and beautiful landscapes, ruins filled with stories and history, roads going off in the distance, an  inland sea with surrounding ghost towns... all that and more! We will take you through some of the most fascinating and picturesque sites. You will learn about the history, the nature and life in the desert while your creative juices will spark and your photography will document an appreciation of life in the Southern California Desert!


California desert, route 66, mojave desert, joshua tree NP, salton sea

· 6 nights accommodations in a  variety of accommodations, including 2 nights at the motel where U2 stayed when recording parts of their famous making album Joshua Tree!
· Transportation in a comfortable van
· Admissions for group scheduled activities
· All breakfasts
· Nighttime photography with Mettina


  • · Route 66: with a stop at the historic gold-mining town of Oatman, AZ where wild burrows roam the street and where you might have an old fashioned dueling encounter!

    · Other stops on Route 66: Ludlow, Amboy, Goffs, Saltflats

    · Joshua Tree National Park: with famous photography opportunities e.g. Barker dam, Arch Rock, Jumbo Rocks, abandoned mines… just to name a few of the options we will have!

    · The Salton Sea: with great photo ops at the Salton Sea as well as Slab City, Salvation Mountain, Bombay Beach and more

    · Mojave Desert National Reserve, with a visit to Kelso Dunes, almost 700 ft high, among the tallest and most extensive dune fields in the United States and a unique opportunity to go into a lava cave

    · Las Vegas: the Strip all lit up!


$2195, based on double occupancy,
$700 single supplement

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a different kind of travel and adventure !


Certified Tour Director and photographer Mettina van der Veen will lead a small group of photo enthusiasts through one of her favorite locations in the United States.

Level of instruction during the workshop will vary depending on guests' needs.  Some may just want to be taken to cool locations - others may like more instruction in the field.

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