13 days in California Desert Itinerary

13 days in California Desert Itinerary

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13 days in California Desert Itinerary

Start: Seoul
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
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Ridgecrest
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Barstow
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Morongo Valley
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Twentynine Palms
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mecca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Seoul

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Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest ©
Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ridgecrest holiday planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Ridgecrest is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seoul to Ridgecrest, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Seoul in December; daily highs in Ridgecrest reach 16°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Ridgecrest

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Maturango Museum ©
Maturango Museum

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hours
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 25th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Barstow Station Cinema and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Basin Natural Area.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Barstow trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ridgecrest to Barstow in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Barstow are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Morongo Valley.

Things to do in Barstow

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Barstow Station ©
Barstow Station

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Morongo Valley

Morongo Valley ©
Morongo Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) on State Route 62 in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hart Winery and Cougar Vineyard. Venture out of the city with trips to Temecula (Lorimar Vineyards, Monte De Oro, & more) and Bear Mountain (in Big Bear Region). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Morongo Valley vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Barstow to Morongo Valley takes 2 hours. Traveling from Barstow in December, expect Morongo Valley to be a bit warmer, temps between 23°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Twentynine Palms.

Things to do in Morongo Valley

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Temecula, Bear Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve ©
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Lorimar Vineyards and Winery ©
Lorimar Vineyards and Winery
Oak Mountain Winery ©
Oak Mountain Winery

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nights
Twentynine Palms

Twentynine Palms ©
Twentynine Palms is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ryan Mountain and Arch Rock. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Twentynine Palms: Joshua Tree National Park (Hidden Valley Nature Trail & Split Rock). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Joshua Tree National Park, hike along Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Twentynine Palms travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Morongo Valley to Twentynine Palms in an hour. In December, Twentynine Palms is a bit cooler than Morongo Valley - with highs of 18°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mecca.

Things to do in Twentynine Palms

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park
Highlights from your plan
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

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Mecca

Mecca ©
Mecca is an unincorporated community located in Riverside County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and then make a trip to Galleta Meadows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at General George S. Patton Memorial Museum and then play a few rounds at Rams Hill Golf Club.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mecca vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Twentynine Palms to Mecca takes 2 hours. Traveling from Twentynine Palms in January, you will find days in Mecca are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mecca

Outdoors Golf Nature

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Rams Hill Golf Club ©
Rams Hill Golf Club
Galleta Meadows ©
Galleta Meadows