Took a random road trip out here today from Palm Springs (about 1:15 each way).
Stop 1: Bombay Beach, which was shockingly barren but cool. It really sums up the area pretty well and pretty quick. There were some great photo ops along the waterfront which I enjoyed. The town itself was a fun and weirdly quirky town.
Stop 2: Slab City. Coming from SF and having attended several Burning Man events, this place struck a familiar chord. Artistic, off-the-grid huts where people live out life the way they see it.