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 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 · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

5
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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 Indian Wells Brewing Company (in Inyokern), Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch (in Oro Grande) and The Cat House (in Rosamond). 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 · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

5
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Trona

Trona is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trona Pinnacles and Fossil Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Rainbow Basin Natural Area and Searles Dry Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Calico Ghost Town (in Yermo), Barstow (Route 66 Mother Road Museum & Outlets at Barstow) and Ridgecrest (Maturango Museum & Little Petroglyph Canyon). It doesn't end there: expand your understanding of the military at China Lake Naval Weapons Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Trona trip site.

Traveling by car from Cantil to Trona takes an hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cantil in January since evenings lows in Trona dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Death Valley Junction.

Things to do in Trona

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

6
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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 Tecopa Hot Springs. Explore hidden gems such as Twenty Mule Team Canyon and China Ranch Date Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Death Valley Junction: Death Valley National Park (Golden Canyon & Ubehebe Crater) 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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trips

5
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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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mojave National Preserve and Nipton Trading Post.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nipton tour builder app.

You can drive from Death Valley Junction to Nipton in 2.5 hours. February in Nipton sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel to Essex.

Things to do in Nipton

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Essex

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kelso Dunes and Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. Escape the urban bustle at Mojave Trail 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 · Trails

Side Trips

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Palm Springs

Get in touch with nature at Indian Canyons and Bump and Grind Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Indian Canyons Hiking Trails 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).

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs travel route planning website.

Getting from Essex to Palm Springs by car takes about 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Palm Springs are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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