12 days in Joshua Tree National Park, Los Angeles & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

12 days in Joshua Tree National Park, Los Angeles & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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12 days in Joshua Tree National Park, Los Angeles & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Joshua Tree National Park, then identify plant and animal life at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, and then make a trip to Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Split Rock, then take in the exciting artwork at 29 Palms Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Old Schoolhouse Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park road trip planner .

Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree
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Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
Old Schoolhouse Museum ©
Old Schoolhouse Museum

6
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Tehachapi Mountain Park (in Tehachapi), Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Cove, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Carpinteria, Disneyland Park, Running Horse Ranch, Tehachapi Mountain Park
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Merced Grove has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): trek along Merced Grove, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): see a world frozen in time at Bodie State Historic Park.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 54°F and lows are around 19°F. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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