14 days in California Deserts Itinerary

14 days in California Deserts Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Deserts trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Drive to Lone Pine, Bus to Los Angeles, Fly to Milan

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Palm Springs

— 4 nights
Go for a jaunt from Palm Springs to Palm Desert to see The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens about 32 minutes away.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip maker.

Milan, Italy to Palm Springs is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Palm Springs is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Milan in December, you will find days in Palm Springs are warmer (70°F), and nights are a bit warmer (48°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Borrego Springs

— 2 nights
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Galleta Meadows and then look for all kinds of wild species at California Overland Desert Excursions. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Rams Hill Golf Club and then explore the stunning scenery at Slot Canyon.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Borrego Springs trip maker.

Drive from Palm Springs to Borrego Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Palm Springs in December since evenings lows in Borrego Springs dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Outdoors · Golf · Nature · Trails

Joshua Tree National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Joshua Tree National Park is known for nature, parks, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, stroll through Barker Dam Trail, trek along Lost Palms Oasis Trail, and admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

Discover how to plan a Joshua Tree National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Borrego Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 2 hours. When traveling from Borrego Springs in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December, expect Death Valley National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 56°F and 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails