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Twentynine Palms, CA—Joshua Tree National Park has been voted one of the top musical attractions in the world, according to a poll sponsored by USA TODAY and 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards.After four weeks of voting, the park finished ninth in a field that included Graceland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and international attractions such as Hansa Studios in Berlin and Abbey Road in London.
Joshua Tree National Park has deep roots to musicians and the music industry. Gram Parsons, who is credited with blending blues, country, and rock and roll, was illegally cremated in the park by his road manager. Even though the Joshua tree on the U2 album cover was photographed outside the park, the band's inspiration was said to come from their visit to the area.
Famed album-cover designer Gary Burden and legendary rock and roll photographer Henry Diltz have used Joshua Tree National Park as a backdrop for a number of artists including the Eagles, America, Mama Cass Elliot and many more. Legendary troubadour Neil Young recently posted on his Facebook page while up at Keys View and Miley Cyrus was photographed at Barker Dam showing she was alive and well.
The park has capitalized on its draw to musicians. Grammy award winner Rita Coolidge has performed in the park, while Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chris Hillman and famed journeyman Herb Pedersen have appeared for charity events. Joshua Tree is popular with emerging artists as well and music videos, photo shoots and recordings are a regular occurrence in and around the park.
See the full list of winners at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-musical-attraction/