10 days in Los Angeles & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

10 days in Los Angeles & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Los Angeles & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You've added Hollywood Sign, Disneyland Park, LA Farmers' Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Broad and Griffith Observatory. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In December in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Mulholland Drive, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
The Broad ©
The Broad
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 19°C and lows reach 4°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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