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This is the second part of the view from the air of the Mojave Desert

The Mojave Desert is one of the most popular tourism spots in North America, primarily because of gambling mecca Las Vegas. The desert is also known for its scenic beauty, with four national parks ? Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Zion and Grand Canyon all within the desert or adjoining it. Lakes Mead, Mohave and Havasu provide watersport recreation, and sand dunes in the region entice off-road enthusiasts.

While the Mojave Desert itself is sparsely populated, it has increasingly become urbanized in recent years. Las Vegas, Nevada is the largest city in the Mojave, with a metropolitan population of around 1.9 million in 2006. Palmdale is the largest city in California in the desert, and over 850,000 people live in areas of the Mojave attached to the Greater Los Angeles metroplex, including Palmdale and Lancaster (referred to as the Antelope Valley); and Victorville and Hesperia (referred to as the Victor Valley). Smaller cities in the Mojave include St. George; Lake Havasu City; Kingman; Laughlin; and Bullhead City; and Pahrump. All have experienced rapid population growth since 1990.

Among the more popular and unique tourist attractions in the Mojave is the self described world's tallest thermometer at 134 feet high, which is located along Interstate 15 in Baker, California. Kelso Dunes is also a popular recreation spot.

Address: California, Nevada, Arizona
Directions: Large Parts of southern California and smaller parts of southwestern Utah, southern Nevada, and northwestern Arizona.
Phone: (760) 740 1787
Website: http://www.desertusa.com

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 28, 2011
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