30 days in California Deserts Itinerary

30 days in California Deserts Itinerary

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30 days in California Deserts Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  23​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Yermo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Joshua Tree
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Borrego Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Palm Desert
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  21​h
End: Sydney

9
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get some cultural insight at Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Explore hidden gems such as Titus Canyon and Mosaic Canyon. The adventure continues: admire nature's extreme beauty at The Racetrack, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and admire the sheer force of Darwin Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park itinerary builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in June, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
The Racetrack ©
The Racetrack
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

2
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills, then steep yourself in history at California Historical Landmark 507, then examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, and finally trek along Horseshoe Meadow Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Mount Whitney Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Lone Pine Creek, and then hike along Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lone Pine trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine takes 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June since evenings lows in Lone Pine dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Yermo.

Things to do in Lone Pine

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

1
night
Yermo

Yermo ©
Yermo is a town in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California. On the 13th (Sat), look for gifts at Eddie World, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, and then steep yourself in history at Calico Early Man Site.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yermo trip planner .

Drive from Lone Pine to Yermo in 3 hours. In June, Yermo is somewhat warmer than Lone Pine - with highs of 46°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree.

Things to do in Yermo

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Calico Early Man Site ©
Calico Early Man Site
Eddie World ©
Eddie World

3
nights
Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree ©
Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Joshua Tree National Park and Keys View. Get in touch with nature at Skull Rock and 49 Palms Canyon Trail. Go for a jaunt from Joshua Tree to Joshua Tree National Park to see Wall Street Mill about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock, and see the interesting displays at World Famous Crochet Museum.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Joshua Tree sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Yermo to Joshua Tree in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Joshua Tree are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park
Highlights from your plan
Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park
Keys View ©
Keys View
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

5
nights
Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Explore hidden gems such as Slot Canyon and Santa Rosa Mountains. Take a break from the city and head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail. There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Rams Hill Golf Club, don't miss a visit to Galleta Meadows, take in the exciting artwork at Borrego Art Institute, and take in the awesome beauty at Ghost Mountain.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Borrego Springs trip simple and quick.

Getting from Joshua Tree to Borrego Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June in Borrego Springs, expect temperatures between 48°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Rams Hill Golf Club ©
Rams Hill Golf Club
Hellhole Canyon Trail ©
Hellhole Canyon Trail

7
nights
Palm Desert

Palm Desert ©
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. Kids will enjoy The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and Children's Discovery Museum. Get some cultural insight at Cabot's Pueblo Museum and Palomar Observatory. The adventure continues: play a few rounds at Desert Willow Golf Resort, trek along Bump and Grind Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town La Quinta, and make a splash at Palm Desert Aquatic Center.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Palm Desert using our trip planner.

You can drive from Borrego Springs to Palm Desert in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Palm Desert are 48°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Rancho Mirage, Palomar Observatory, Indian Wells Golf Club, Cabot's Pueblo Museum, Old Town La Quinta
Highlights from your plan
Desert Willow Golf Resort ©
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Palomar Observatory ©
Palomar Observatory
Children's Discovery Museum ©
Children's Discovery Museum