29 days in California Deserts Itinerary

29 days in California Deserts Itinerary

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Palm Springs
— 8 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Borrego Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Barstow
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lone Pine
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tecopa
— 1 night
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Palm Springs

You'll explore and learn at Integratron and Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. Get outdoors at Indian Canyons Hiking Trails and Desert Willow Golf Resort. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to La Quinta (Old Town La Quinta, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, &more), Riverside (Mission Inn Museum, March Field Air Museum, &more) and Palm Desert (Palm Desert Country Club & Palm Desert Cross Hiking Trail).

Plan my Palm Springs trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Seattle to Palm Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Seattle, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skull Rock and Split Rock. Get in touch with nature at Ladder Canyon Trail and Boy Scout Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Joshua Tree National Park side-trips: Mecca (Salton Sea State Recreation Area & Box Canyon Road) and General George S. Patton Memorial Museum (in Chiriaco Summit). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cap Rock at Joshua Tree, identify plant and animal life at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Lost Horse Mine.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Palm Springs in December: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 61°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Imperial Valley Desert Museum and Borrego Art Institute will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Rams Hill Golf Club and Slot Canyon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Borrego Springs: Jacumba (Desert View Tower Jacumba & Coyote's Flying Saucer Retrievals and Repairs), Stonewall Peak Trail (in Descanso) and Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Cleveland National Forest. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Galleta Meadows, take an in-depth tour of Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Pegleg Smith Monument, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hellhole Canyon Trail.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Borrego Springs visit planner.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Borrego Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December: highs in Borrego Springs hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

3
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Barstow

Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Get some historical perspective at Calico Early Man Site and The Kill Bill Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rainbow Basin Natural Area and Barstow Harvey House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barstow: Big Bear Valley Historical Society (in Big Bear City), Big Bear Lake (Cougar Crest Trail, Alpine Pedal Path, &more) and Twenty Mule Team Museum (in Boron). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Western America Railroad Museum, look for gifts at Eddie World, don't miss a visit to Barstow Station, and learn more about the world around you at Mojave River Valley Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Barstow trip planner.

Traveling by car from Borrego Springs to Barstow takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Borrego Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Barstow, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

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Lone Pine

Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Whitney Trail and Lone Pine Creek. Popular historic sites such as Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and California Historical Landmark 507 are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Lone Pine side-trips: Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha), Eagle Mountain Casino (in Porterville) and Fossil Falls (in Little Lake). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Eastern California Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Meadow Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Owens River, and see a world frozen in time at Cerro Gordo Mines.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lone Pine journey planner.

Getting from Barstow to Lone Pine by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barstow in December since evenings lows in Lone Pine dip to 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visit Charcoal Kilns and Goldfield Cemetery for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at The Ranch at Furnace Creek and Goldwell Open Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Death Valley National Park: Beatty (Beatty Museum & Historical Society, Rhyolite, &more) and Gold Point Ghost Town (in Goldfield). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls, explore the striking landscape at The Racetrack, explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, and get great views at Aguereberry Point.

Plan my Death Valley National Park trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Drive from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in December, Death Valley National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tecopa.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Tecopa

Tecopa is a census-designated place in the Mojave Desert, in Inyo County, California, United States. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tecopa trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Tecopa takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tecopa are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tecopa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip