15 days in Joshua Tree National Park, Tucson & Nashville Itinerary

15 days in Joshua Tree National Park, Tucson & Nashville Itinerary

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Joshua Tree National Park
— 5 nights
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Tucson
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Phoenix, Fly to Nashville
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park

— 5 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 natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, explore the striking landscape at Keys View, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Lost Horse Mine, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak.

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Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get little chillier in Joshua Tree National Park: highs are around 62°F and lows about 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Tucson.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Tucson

— 5 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tubac Art and Gifts (in Tubac) and Benson (Double R Ranch & Kartchner Caverns State Park). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, get great views at Gates Pass, and explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon.

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Traveling by flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Tucson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Tucson, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in January, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Nashville

— 4 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, admire the striking features of Nashville Parthenon, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, and get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tucson to Nashville takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Tucson in January, things will get little chillier in Nashville: highs are around 48°F and lows about 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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