55 days in California Desert Itinerary

55 days in California Desert Itinerary

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55 days in California Desert Itinerary

Start: Marseille
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
1
Death Valley Junction
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Needles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Blythe
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
El Centro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Mecca
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Morongo Valley
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Barstow
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Lone Pine
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Inyokern
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Marseille

6
nights
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. Take a break from the city and head to Ubehebe Crater and Tecopa Hot Springs. Go for a jaunt from Death Valley Junction to Tecopa to see China Ranch Date Farm about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, Head underground at Titus Canyon, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Dublin Gulch, and tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Death Valley Junction travel itinerary planner.

Marseille, France to Death Valley Junction is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Marseille to Death Valley Junction is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Marseille in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley Junction: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), you're off toNeedles.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park, Tecopa, Dublin Gulch
Highlights from your plan
Ubehebe Crater ©
Ubehebe Crater
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon

6
nights
Needles

Needles ©
Needles is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Mojave National Preserve and Kelso Dunes. Take a break from Needles with a short trip to Nipton Trading Post in Nipton, about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kelso Depot, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moabi Regional Park, go for a stroll along the water at Pirate Cove Resort & Marina, and identify plant and animal life at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Needles vacation trip planner.

Drive from Death Valley Junction to Needles in 3.5 hours. In September, Needles is a bit warmer than Death Valley Junction - with highs of 45°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Blythe.

Things to do in Needles

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

California, Nipton Trading Post, Kelso Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Mojave National Preserve ©
Mojave National Preserve
Kelso Dunes ©
Kelso Dunes
Kelso Depot ©
Kelso Depot

6
nights
Blythe

Blythe ©
Blythe is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Palo Verde Valley of the Lower Colorado River Valley region, an agricultural area and part of the Colorado Desert along the Colorado River. Blythe is known for historic sites and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Blythe Intaglios and take in the dramatic natural features at Hauser Geode Beds.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Blythe trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Needles to Blythe in 2 hours. In September in Blythe, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 26th (Tue), you're off toEl Centro.

Things to do in Blythe

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hauser Geode Beds ©
Hauser Geode Beds
Blythe Intaglios ©
Blythe Intaglios

5
nights
El Centro

El Centro ©
El Centro is a city in and county seat of Imperial County, California, the largest city in the Imperial Valley, east anchor of the Southern California Border Region, and the core urban area and principal city of the El Centro metropolitan area which encompasses all of Imperial County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around El Centro: Niland (East Jesus, Salvation Mountain, & more) and The Museum of History in Granite (in Felicity). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Imperial Valley Mall and play a few rounds at Barbara Worth Country Club.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our El Centro travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Blythe to El Centro takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in El Centro are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toMecca.

Things to do in El Centro

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Niland, Barbara Worth Country Club, The Museum of History in Granite, Salvation Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Salvation Mountain ©
Salvation Mountain
The Museum of History in Granite ©
The Museum of History in Granite

6
nights
Mecca

Mecca ©
Mecca is an unincorporated community located in Riverside County, California, United States. Let the collections at International Banana Museum and General George S. Patton Memorial Museum capture your imagination. It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Salton Sea.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mecca itinerary builder.

Getting from El Centro to Mecca by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Mecca can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will leave for Morongo Valley on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Mecca

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Salton Sea, General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
Highlights from your plan
International Banana Museum ©
International Banana Museum

6
nights
Morongo Valley

Morongo Valley ©
Morongo Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) on State Route 62 in San Bernardino County, California, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Morongo Valley: Integratron (in Landers), Twentynine Palms (Joshua Tree National Park, Sky's The Limit Observatory, & more) and Joshua Tree (Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at The Crazy Horse Ranch, identify plant and animal life at Whitewater Wilderness Preserve, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and go for a walk through Pioneertown Motel.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Morongo Valley itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mecca to Morongo Valley takes an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mecca in October since evenings lows in Morongo Valley dip to 20°C. You will leave for Barstow on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Morongo Valley

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, Whitewater Wilderness Preserve, Integratron, Pioneertown
Highlights from your plan
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve ©
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Integratron ©
Integratron
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

6
nights
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Step out of Barstow with an excursion to Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town, revel in the low prices at Outlets at Barstow, examine the collection at Route 66 Mother Road Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Basin Natural Area.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Barstow vacation planner.

You can drive from Morongo Valley to Barstow in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Morongo Valley in October; daily highs in Barstow reach 33°C and lows reach 15°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Barstow

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch, Calico Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Route 66 Mother Road Museum ©
Route 66 Mother Road Museum

6
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Alabama Hills and Mount Whitney Trail. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Lone Pine Film History Museums, take in breathtaking views at Lone Pine Creek, and delve into the lush surroundings at Inyo National Forest.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lone Pine vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Barstow to Lone Pine takes 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barstow in October, with highs in Lone Pine at 28°C and lows at 3°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off toInyokern.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Inyo National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Inyo National Forest ©
Inyo National Forest

5
nights
Inyokern

Inyokern ©
Inyokern is a census-designated place in Kern County, California, United States. Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon State Park and Trona Pinnacles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inyokern: Fossil Falls (in Little Lake) and The Cat House (in Rosamond). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Indian Wells Steakhouse, explore the fascinating landscape at China Lake Naval Weapons Center, get engrossed in the history at Maturango Museum-Indian Wells, and take in breathtaking views at Little Petroglyph Canyon.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Inyokern vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Inyokern takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Inyokern, with lows around 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Inyokern

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ridgecrest, Fossil Falls, The Cat House, Trona Pinnacles, Red Rock Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon State Park ©
Red Rock Canyon State Park
The Cat House ©
The Cat House
Maturango Museum ©
Maturango Museum

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