29 days in California Deserts Itinerary

29 days in California Deserts Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Deserts trip itinerary planner

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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

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

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Seattle to Palm Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Seattle in November, expect nights in Palm Springs to be somewhat warmer, around 55°F, while days are much hotter, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Arch Rock Nature Trail and Ladder Canyon Trail. Visiting Cap Rock at Joshua Tree and Split Rock will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to General George S. Patton Memorial Museum (in Chiriaco Summit) and Mecca (Salton Sea State Recreation Area & Box Canyon Road). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boy Scout Trail, explore the fascinating landscape at The Pinto Basin, and hike along Lost Palms Oasis Trail.

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Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, Joshua Tree National Park is little chillier than Palm Springs - with highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Borrego Springs

— 4 nights
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Imperial Valley Desert Museum and Pacific Southwest Railway Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Slot Canyon and Ocotillo Wells SVRA. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Borrego Springs: Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna), Jacumba (Desert View Tower Jacumba & Coyote's Flying Saucer Retrievals and Repairs) and Stonewall Peak Trail (in Descanso). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Cleveland National Forest. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Galleta Meadows, shop like a local with Borrego Art Institute, admire nature's extreme beauty at Desert Gardens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ghost Mountain.

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Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Borrego Springs in 2 hours. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Borrego Springs, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Barstow

— 3 nights
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 Western America Railroad Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barstow: Big Bear Lake (Cougar Crest Trail, Alpine Pedal Path, &more), Twenty Mule Team Museum (in Boron) and Big Bear Valley Historical Society (in Big Bear City). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Barstow Harvey House, stop by Eddie World, stroll through Mountain High Resort, and learn more about the world around you at Desert Discovery Center.

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You can drive from Borrego Springs to Barstow in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Borrego Springs in December: highs in Barstow hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Lone Pine

— 3 nights
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 Cerro Gordo Mines are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Lone Pine side-trips: Eagle Mountain Casino (in Porterville), Fossil Falls (in Little Lake) and Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Meadow Trail, fly down the slopes at Diamond Peak, and steep yourself in history at California Historical Landmark 507.

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You can drive from Barstow to Lone Pine in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barstow in December since evenings lows in Lone Pine dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 6 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visit Charcoal Kilns and Harmony Borax Works for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at The Ranch at Furnace Creek and Beatty Museum & Historical Society. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Death Valley National Park: Beatty (Goldwell Open Air Museum, Rhyolite, &more) and Goldfield (Gold Point Ghost Town & Goldfield Cemetery). The adventure continues: Head underground at Titus Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Natural Bridge Canyon, get great views at Aguereberry Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway.

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You can drive from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Lone Pine in December, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tecopa.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tecopa

— 1 night
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 · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip