43 days in California Desert Itinerary

43 days in California Desert Itinerary

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Lone Pine
— 4 nights
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Cantil
— 5 nights
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Trona
— 5 nights
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Death Valley Junction
— 6 nights
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Nipton
— 5 nights
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Essex
— 5 nights
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Palm Springs
— 12 nights

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Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Visiting Lone Pine Creek and Mount Whitney Trail will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Western Film History and Gus's Fresh Jerky. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills and go deep underground at Cerro Gordo Mines.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lone Pine trip planner.

San Francisco to Lone Pine is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect much colder with lows of 25°F in Lone Pine. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Cantil.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Hiking Trail
Mount Whitney Trail
4.8
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Mountain
Alabama Hills
4.9

5
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Cantil

Cantil ©
Cantil is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Red Rock Canyon State Park and Randsburg Museum. Explore Cantil's surroundings by going to The Cat House (in Rosamond), Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch (in Oro Grande) and Indian Wells Brewing Company (in Inyokern). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Air Force Flight Test Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cantil trip website.

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Cantil takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 37°F in Cantil. You will leave for Trona on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Cantil

Museums · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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5
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Trona

Trona ©
Trona is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trona Pinnacles and China Lake Naval Weapons Center. Escape the urban bustle at Rainbow Basin Natural Area and Searles Dry Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Barstow (Route 66 Mother Road Museum & Outlets at Barstow), Fossil Falls (in Little Lake) and Ridgecrest (Maturango Museum & Little Petroglyph Canyon). Next up on the itinerary: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Trona vacation tool.

You can drive from Cantil to Trona in an hour. Traveling from Cantil in January, Trona is slightly colder at night with lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley Junction.

Things to do in Trona

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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Must see
Trona Pinnacles
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Geologic Formation
Fossil Falls
4.7

6
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Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Junction ©
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert community in unincorporated community Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. Get outdoors at Titus Canyon and Golden Canyon. Explore hidden gems such as Twenty Mule Team Canyon and Tecopa Hot Springs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Death Valley Junction: Ubehebe Crater (in Death Valley National Park), China Ranch Date Farm (in Tecopa) and Furnace Creek (Harmony Borax Works & Furnace Creek Golf Course). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Shoshone Museum, see a world frozen in time at Dublin Gulch, and contemplate the long history of Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley Junction online trip planner.

You can drive from Trona to Death Valley Junction in 2.5 hours. In January in Death Valley Junction, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nipton.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Must see
Titus Canyon
4.7

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Nipton

Nipton ©
Nipton is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California, on the northeastern border of Mojave National Preserve, approximately 12 miles southeast of Primm, Nevada and the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mojave National Preserve and Nipton Trading Post.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nipton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley Junction to Nipton takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Nipton can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel to Essex.

Things to do in Nipton

Wildlife · Parks

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Wildlife Area
Mojave National Preserve
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Essex

Essex ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kelso Dunes and Mojave Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and Hole in the Wall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Essex: Needles (Moabi Regional Park, Pirate Cove Resort, &more).

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Essex journey planner.

Drive from Nipton to Essex in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nipton in February: high temperatures in Essex hover around 74°F and lows are around 50°F. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Essex

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Must see
Kelso Dunes
4.7

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Get in touch with nature at Indian Canyons and Indian Canyons Hiking Trails. Step off the beaten path and head to Bump and Grind Trail and Painted Canyon. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Joshua Tree), Indian Wells Golf Club (in Indian Wells) and Palm Desert (Classic Club Golf, Palm Desert Cross Hiking Trail, &more).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Essex to Palm Springs by car takes about 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Nature

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Must see
Palm Canyon
4.7