17 days in California Desert Itinerary

17 days in California Desert Itinerary

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17 days in California Desert Itinerary

Chandigarh
Fly:  29​h
Palm Springs
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Twentynine Palms
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Ridgecrest
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Death Valley Junction
— 1 night
Fly:  31​h
Chandigarh

5
days
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, within the Coachella Valley. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Indian Canyons and Sunnylands. Step out of Palm Springs to go to Palm Desert and see Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, make a trip to Palm Canyon Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cancer Survivors Park, and admire the natural beauty at Moorten Botanical Garden.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs online itinerary creator.

Chandigarh, India to Palm Springs is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. In December in Palm Springs, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Twentynine Palms.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert
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Sunnylands
Sunnylands
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

3
days
Twentynine Palms

Twentynine Palms ©
Twentynine Palms is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Get some cultural insight at Integratron and General George S. Patton Memorial Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Joshua Tree National Park, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, explore the world behind art at Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture, and see the interesting displays at Old Schoolhouse Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Twentynine Palms trip builder.

Getting from Palm Springs to Twentynine Palms by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Palm Springs in December, expect Twentynine Palms to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ridgecrest.

Things to do in Twentynine Palms

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Joshua Tree, Integratron, General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
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Integratron ©
Integratron

4
days
Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest ©
Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Ridgecrest: Red Rock Canyon State Park (in Cantil), Calico Ghost Town (in Yermo) and Rainbow Basin Natural Area (in Barstow). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Trona Pinnacles, sample the tasty concoctions at Indian Wells Steakhouse, admire nature's extreme beauty at China Lake Naval Weapons Center, and take in breathtaking views at Little Petroglyph Canyon.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ridgecrest trip builder.

You can drive from Twentynine Palms to Ridgecrest in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Twentynine Palms in December, Ridgecrest is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Death Valley Junction.

Things to do in Ridgecrest

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Trona Pinnacles, Indian Wells Steakhouse, Rainbow Basin Natural Area, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Calico Ghost Town
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Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Calico Ghost Town
Calico Ghost Town
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles

2
days
Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Junction
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert community in unincorporated community Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. On the 2nd (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Dublin Gulch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Ubehebe Crater and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley Junction vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ridgecrest to Death Valley Junction takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dublin Gulch
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Ubehebe Crater
Ubehebe Crater
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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