14 days in California Desert Itinerary

14 days in California Desert Itinerary

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14 days in California Desert Itinerary

Start: Milan
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23​h
1
Death Valley Junction
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ridgecrest
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Barstow
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Morongo Valley
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  24​h
End: Milan

4
nights
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. Death Valley Junction is known for nature, historic sites, nightlife, golf, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Ubehebe Crater, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, Head underground at Titus Canyon, and steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Death Valley Junction online itinerary creator.

Milan, Italy to Death Valley Junction is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Death Valley Junction, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Milan in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley Junction, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park
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Ubehebe Crater ©
Ubehebe Crater
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon

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Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. On the 26th (Sat), examine the collection at Lone Pine Film History Museums and then take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Inyo National Forest and then stroll through Mount Whitney Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lone Pine holiday planner.

Drive from Death Valley Junction to Lone Pine in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley Junction in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lone Pine, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ridgecrest.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Inyo National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Inyo National Forest ©
Inyo National Forest

2
nights
Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest ©
Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. On the 28th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Maturango Museum-Indian Wells and then look for all kinds of wild species at Trona Pinnacles. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Little Petroglyph Canyon and then immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ridgecrest travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Ridgecrest takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lone Pine in August: high temperatures in Ridgecrest hover around 45°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Ridgecrest

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Red Rock Canyon State Park, Trona Pinnacles
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Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles
Maturango Museum ©
Maturango Museum
Red Rock Canyon State Park ©
Red Rock Canyon State Park

2
nights
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Change things up with a short trip to Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Basin Natural Area, see the interesting displays at Western America Railroad Msm, and make a trip to Barstow Station Cinema.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Barstow custom trip planner.

Getting from Ridgecrest to Barstow by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Barstow are 46°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Morongo Valley.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch, Calico Ghost Town
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Western America Railroad Museum ©
Western America Railroad Museum
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Route 66 Mother Road Museum ©
Route 66 Mother Road Museum

2
nights
Morongo Valley

Morongo Valley ©
Morongo Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) on State Route 62 in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 2nd (Sat), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore the striking landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Morongo Valley trip generator.

Getting from Barstow to Morongo Valley by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Barstow in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Morongo Valley: highs are around 45°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Morongo Valley

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve ©
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours