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Apple Valley, CA, USA

Find the best place to stay — Apple Valley

How do you like them apples?

Want those awesome desert sunsets? Check. Want skiing and hiking in the mountains? Check. Want water sports, museums, fairgrounds, ghost towns? Check, check, check, check. One of the best things about Apple Valley is its situation, smack bang between the desert and the mountains. Many people will use an Apple Valley vacation rental as a jumping off point for the outdoorsy delights of Lake Arrowhead and the San Bernardino Mountains to the south, but you've also got the legendary Mojave Desert sprawled out to the north, complete with a character all of its own.

Two wheels good, four wheels good, too

For those who can't get enough of scooting around in the sand, an Apple Valley vacation rental is the one for you. The town is big on dirt-biking, while if you like your powder white, the nearby San Bernardino mountains are a snow sports mecca. Come summer, those same mountains draw in the hikers, and you've got the added bonus of lake living and watersports up by tranquil Lake Arrowhead. And then there's the Mojave. Legendary, vast, and just a little bit intimidating (in a good way), it's the perfect place for atmospheric motoring tours.

Take a ghostly 'spookscursion' through mining history

Speaking of atmosphere, how about sending some shivers down your spine with a genuine silver-rush ghost town? Calico is a 45-minute cruise up the highway, and features old mining-era buildings, ghost tours, a museum, and even its own railway. And if you still haven't got your history fix, take a look round the Apple Valley Legacy Museum. It's packed with artefacts and displays on local history, and best of all, it's even free. If you like it lively, you'll want to see what's going on at the nearby San Bernardino County Fairground, especially the big annual fair in May.

Like the deserts miss the rain

If you come looking for apples, you're going to be looking a long time. The apples that gave the town its name are long gone, thanks to its bone-dry climate. Apple Valley gets seven times less rain annually than the U.S. average. Probably won't need the raincoat, but it might be worth throwing a jacket in the car. A high desert means hot days and cool nights for most of the year. If you're venturing up into the nearby San Bernardino Mountains then it's a whole different ballgame. Expect regular dumps of snow to keep those ski resorts in business.

Making the most of the Mojave

Set at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, an Apple Valley vacation rental is going to dish up the kinds of sunsets that only a desert town can offer. It's only a short drive from the dramatic San Bernardino mountains and the San Bernardino national forest, but there are some other intriguing possibilities too. Check out the amazing colors of the Rodman Mountains Wilderness Area out in the Mojave. A maze of mountains, steep canyons, and water cascades, it's a haven for wildlife, including prairie falcons and majestic golden eagles.