15 days in California Deserts Itinerary

15 days in California Deserts Itinerary

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Train to London Kings Cross, Fly to Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lone Pine
— 1 night
Drive
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Yermo
— 1 night
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Borrego Springs
— 1 night
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Drive to San Diego International Airport, Fly to Leeds Bradford Airport, Drive to York

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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, hike along Gower Gulch Loop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online day trip planner.

York, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. When traveling from York in July, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Lone Pine

— 1 night
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. On the 10th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, then trek along Horseshoe Meadow Trail, then trek along Mount Whitney Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lone Pine holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine takes 2 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Lone Pine. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yermo.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yermo

— 1 night
Yermo is a town in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Calico Early Man Site, then look for gifts at Eddie World, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Yermo journey planner.

Getting from Lone Pine to Yermo by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lone Pine in July, with highs in Yermo at 47°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Yermo

Historic Sites · Shopping

Joshua Tree National Park

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Wonderland of Rocks, don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, cruise along Geology Tour Road, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Yermo to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July in Joshua Tree National Park, expect temperatures between 46°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Palm Springs

— 3 nights
When in Palm Springs, make a side trip to see The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, approximately Palm Desert away.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip planning tool.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Palm Springs are 49°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Borrego Springs

— 1 night
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Ghost Mountain, then make a trip to Galleta Meadows, and then surround yourself with nature on California Overland Desert Excursions.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Borrego Springs road trip planning tool.

Getting from Palm Springs to Borrego Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 49°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours