Beaches, vineyards, mountain towns — there's lots to explore within a day's drive of L.A. But there's only one place where you can rejuvenate your cells using extraterrestrial science. The Integratron is a small, domed structure in the desert, designed by aircraft engineer George Van Tassel based on instructions he received from a Venusian who visited him in 1953. Built from Douglas fir without using nails or screws, the Integratron was to be a machine “for basic research on rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel.” It was never finished, but many visitors claim to feel its beneficial effects. The current owners offer public and private “sound baths,” with quartz bowls played in the second-floor chamber. The site's proximity to Joshua Tree National Park, its near-perfect acoustics and its weird history appeal to nature lovers, musicians, UFO fans and others. It is open by appointment only and advance ticket purchase is required. —Sara Rashkin
2477 Belfield Blvd., Landers, 92285. (760) 364-3126, integratron.com.