18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cave Creek
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Boulder City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Pahrump
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Temecula
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Quartzsite
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Cave Creek

2
nights
Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
Your list of things to see and do now includes River Mountain Loop Trail, Lake Las Vegas, Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Trail, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Las Vegas.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Boulder City route builder website .

Cave Creek to Boulder City is an approximately 4-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cave Creek to Boulder City is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cave Creek in December: high temperatures in Boulder City hover around 58°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pahrump.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Henderson, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Las Vegas ©
Lake Las Vegas

2
nights
Pahrump

Pahrump ©
Pahrump is an unincorporated town in Nye County, Nevada, United States. You've added Sanders Family Winery, Pahrump Valley Museum, Pahrump Valley Winery, and other attractions to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Ibex Dunes, then see the interesting displays at Pahrump Valley Museum, then learn about winemaking at Sanders Family Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Pahrump Valley Winery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pahrump road trip planning tool .

Drive from Boulder City to Pahrump in 2 hours. Traveling from Boulder City in December, expect little chillier with lows of 33°F in Pahrump. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Pahrump

Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Ibex Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Sanders Family Winery ©
Sanders Family Winery
Pahrump Valley Winery ©
Pahrump Valley Winery
Ibex Dunes ©
Ibex Dunes

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, historic sites, museums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, and go deep underground at Eureka Mine.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Pahrump to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

3
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
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, trails, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, trek along 49 Palms Canyon Trail, admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ryan Mountain.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December since evenings lows in Joshua Tree National Park dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Temecula.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain

4
nights
Temecula

Temecula ©
Temecula represents Southern California's wine country.
Get out of town with these interesting Temecula side-trips: Pamo Valley Winery (in Ramona), Oceanside (Oceanside Pier & Oceanside Museum of Art) and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (in Escondido). There's more to do: wander the streets of Old Town Temecula.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Temecula itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Temecula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Temecula sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 40°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Quartzsite.

Things to do in Temecula

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Oceanside, Pamo Valley Winery, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

2
nights
Quartzsite

Quartzsite ©
Quartzsite is a town in La Paz County, Arizona, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Havasu City (Lake Havasu, Sara Park, & more). The adventure continues: look for gifts at T-Rocks and make a trip to Hi Jolly's Tomb.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Quartzsite holiday website .

You can drive from Temecula to Quartzsite in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Quartzsite can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quartzsite

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Havasu City
Highlights from your plan
Sara Park ©
Sara Park
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Lake Havasu ©
Lake Havasu

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