17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Prescott
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Boulder City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Pahrump
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Temecula
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Quartzsite
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Prescott

2
nights
Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
Your list of things to see and do now includes River Mountain Loop Trail, Lake Las Vegas, Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Trail, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Las Vegas.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Boulder City route builder website .

Prescott to Boulder City is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Prescott to Boulder City is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Prescott in December since evenings lows in Boulder City dip to 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Pahrump.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Henderson, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Las Vegas ©
Lake Las Vegas

2
nights
Pahrump

Pahrump ©
Pahrump is an unincorporated town in Nye County, Nevada, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pahrump Valley Winery, Ibex Dunes and Sanders Family Winery. On the 20th (Fri), do a tasting at Pahrump Valley Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Bonnie Springs Old Nevada, learn about winemaking at Sanders Family Winery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ibex Dunes.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pahrump holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Boulder City to Pahrump takes 2 hours. Traveling from Boulder City in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Pahrump, with lows of 33°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Pahrump

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonnie Springs Old Nevada, Ibex Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Sanders Family Winery ©
Sanders Family Winery
Pahrump Valley Winery ©
Pahrump Valley Winery
Ibex Dunes ©
Ibex Dunes

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, historic sites, museums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, and go deep underground at Eureka Mine.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Pahrump to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

3
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
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.
Joshua Tree National Park is known for nature, parks, trails, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, trek along 49 Palms Canyon Trail, admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, and identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December since evenings lows in Joshua Tree National Park dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Temecula.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain

4
nights
Temecula

Temecula ©
Temecula represents Southern California's wine country.
Get out of town with these interesting Temecula side-trips: Oceanside (Oceanside Pier & Oceanside Museum of Art), San Diego Zoo Safari Park (in Escondido) and Pamo Valley Winery (in Ramona). There's more to do: wander the streets of Old Town Temecula.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Temecula itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Temecula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Temecula sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 40°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Quartzsite.

Things to do in Temecula

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Oceanside, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Pamo Valley Winery
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

1
night
Quartzsite

Quartzsite ©
Quartzsite is a town in La Paz County, Arizona, United States. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Quartzsite Museum, stop by T-Rocks, and then make a trip to Hi Jolly's Tomb.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Quartzsite trip builder app .

Getting from Temecula to Quartzsite by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Quartzsite can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quartzsite

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
T-Rocks ©
T-Rocks
Hi Jolly's Tomb ©
Hi Jolly's Tomb
Reader's Oasis Bookstore ©
Reader's Oasis Bookstore

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