25 days in California Deserts Itinerary

25 days in California Deserts Itinerary

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25 days in California Deserts Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Palm Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Borrego Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Barstow
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h
End: London

5
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Do your shopping at VillageFest and CODA Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palm Springs: Palm Desert (Desert Holocaust Memorial & Heather James Fine Art). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with El Paseo Shopping District, look for gifts at Brandini Toffee, take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and look for all kinds of wild species at Coachella Valley Preserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs travel route planning app .

London, UK to Palm Springs is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Palm Springs due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon

4
nights
Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Borrego Springs is known for nature, wildlife, golf, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, trek along Hellhole Canyon Trail, play a few rounds at Rams Hill Golf Club, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Rosa Mountains.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Borrego Springs trip website .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Borrego Springs takes 2 hours. In April in Borrego Springs, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Galleta Meadows ©
Galleta Meadows
Borrego Art Institute ©
Borrego Art Institute

5
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: take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, make a trip to Arch Rock, and appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Borrego Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 2 hours. When traveling from Borrego Springs in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain

2
nights
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Basin Natural Area, see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town, then stop by Eddie World, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Outlets at Barstow. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Mojave River Valley Museum, examine the collection at Route 66 Mother Road Museum, then make a trip to Barstow Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barstow trip planner .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Barstow in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Barstow are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Yermo, Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Route 66 Mother Road Museum ©
Route 66 Mother Road Museum
Outlets at Barstow ©
Outlets at Barstow
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town

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 15th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, then trek along Mount Whitney Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Lone Pine Creek, and finally steep yourself in history at California Historical Landmark 507. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Horseshoe Meadow Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills, and then stroll through Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lone Pine visit app .

Getting from Barstow to Lone Pine by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, Lone Pine is slightly colder than Barstow - with highs of 28°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

5
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, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and cruise along Artists Dr.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park holiday builder site .

Drive from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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