15 days in California Desert Itinerary

15 days in California Desert Itinerary

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15 days in California Desert Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  22​h
1
Palm Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Barstow
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Trona
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Beijing

7
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at VillageFest and Brandini Toffee. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palm Springs: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve (in Morongo Valley), Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree National Park & Climbing Tours) and Indian Wells Golf Club (in Indian Wells). There's much more to do: take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District, look for all kinds of wild species at South Lykken Trail, take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Jacinto Mountain.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs journey builder .

Beijing, China to Palm Springs is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 16 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in July: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 49°C and lows are around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Joshua Tree, Palm Desert, Sam Cobb Farms, Fountain of Life, Coachella Valley Brewing Company
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Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

2
nights
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Outlets at Barstow, see the interesting displays at Western America Railroad Museum, examine the collection at Route 66 Mother Road Museum, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, and finally stop by Eddie World. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Barstow Station, then learn more about the world around you at Mojave River Valley Museum, then explore the galleries of Barstow Harvey House, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Basin Natural Area.

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You can drive from Palm Springs to Barstow in 2 hours. Traveling from Palm Springs in July, plan for little chillier nights in Barstow, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Yermo
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Route 66 Mother Road Museum ©
Route 66 Mother Road Museum
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Mojave River Valley Museum ©
Mojave River Valley Museum

2
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, then contemplate the waterfront views at Owens River, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills, and finally hike along Mount Whitney Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Gus's Fresh Jerky, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, then contemplate the long history of California Historical Landmark 507, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Meadow Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lone Pine travel route builder site .

You can drive from Barstow to Lone Pine in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Barstow in July, things will get a bit cooler in Lone Pine: highs are around 43°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Trona.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Gus's Fresh Jerky
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Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Gus's Fresh Jerky ©
Gus's Fresh Jerky

2
nights
Trona

Trona ©
Trona is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the activities along Searles Dry Lake and then look for all kinds of wild species at Trona Pinnacles.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Trona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Trona takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Trona when traveling from Lone Pine in July, with lows around 27°C. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Trona

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles
Searles Dry Lake ©
Searles Dry Lake