15 days in California Deserts Itinerary

15 days in California Deserts Itinerary

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15 days in California Deserts Itinerary

Start: Columbus
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Palm Desert
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Joshua Tree
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Barstow
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Lone Pine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Columbus

4
nights
Palm Desert

Palm Desert
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. Appreciate the collections at Cabot's Pueblo Museum and Children's Discovery Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert and Desert Willow Golf Resort. Go for a jaunt from Palm Desert to Chiriaco Summit to see General George S. Patton Memorial Museum about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bump and Grind Trail, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Desert Holocaust Memorial, and tee off at Classic Club Golf.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Desert route builder website .

Columbus to Palm Desert is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Palm Desert is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Columbus in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Palm Desert, with highs around 106°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Cabot's Pueblo Museum, Old Town La Quinta, Indian Wells Golf Club, Children's Discovery Museum, General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Old Town La Quinta ©
Old Town La Quinta

2
nights
Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. On the 19th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Rosa Mountains, take in breathtaking views at Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail, and then make a trip to Galleta Meadows. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Borrego Art Institute, hike along Slot Canyon, and then play a few rounds at Rams Hill Golf Club.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Borrego Springs journey maker .

Drive from Palm Desert to Borrego Springs in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Borrego Springs can reach 106°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Joshua Tree.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rams Hill Golf Club ©
Rams Hill Golf Club
Galleta Meadows ©
Galleta Meadows
Borrego Art Institute ©
Borrego Art Institute

2
nights
Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree ©
Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Integratron, identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch, take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Joshua Tree National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Joshua Tree trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Borrego Springs to Joshua Tree in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Joshua Tree can reach 102°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Barstow.

Things to do in Joshua Tree

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park, Integratron
Highlights from your plan
Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park
Keys View ©
Keys View
Integratron ©
Integratron

1
night
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, examine the collection at Route 66 Mother Road Museum, then examine the collection at Western America Railroad Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Basin Natural Area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Barstow itinerary tool .

You can drive from Joshua Tree to Barstow in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 103°F in June, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Calico Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Route 66 Mother Road Museum ©
Route 66 Mother Road Museum
Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Western America Railroad Museum ©
Western America Railroad Museum

1
night
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Whitney Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills, and finally contemplate the long history of California Historical Landmark 507.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Lone Pine trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Barstow to Lone Pine in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barstow in June: high temperatures in Lone Pine hover around 97°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Twenty Mule Team Canyon and Mosaic Canyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 68°F. On the 28th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works