60 days in California Deserts Itinerary

60 days in California Deserts Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Deserts tour planner
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 8 nights
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Yermo
— 1 night
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Tecopa
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 13 nights
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Lone Pine
— 3 nights
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Lancaster
— 5 nights
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Palm Springs
— 19 nights
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Borrego Springs
— 7 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park — 8 nights

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, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak, hike along Arch Rock Nature Trail, and appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park journey planner.

Atlanta to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Atlanta to Joshua Tree National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Atlanta in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yermo.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Yermo — 1 night

Yermo is a town in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at Eddie World and then see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town.

Start your trip to Yermo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Yermo takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Yermo can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tecopa.
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Shopping · Historic Sites

Tecopa — 3 nights

Tecopa is a census-designated place in the Mojave Desert, in Inyo County, California, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tecopa: Baker (Ibex Dunes & World's Tallest Thermometer) and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum (in Death Valley Junction). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Amargosa River Project, relax in the rural setting at China Ranch Date Farm, take in the natural beauty of Tecopa Hot Springs, and relax and rejuvenate at Tecopa Hot Springs Massage.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tecopa sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Yermo to Tecopa in 2 hours. Traveling from Yermo in September, you will find days in Tecopa are little chillier (90°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 13 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 18th (Sun), hike the day away at Telescope Peak trail. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, and get great views at Dante's View.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park travel planner.

Getting from Tecopa to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Tecopa in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lone Pine.
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Lone Pine — 3 nights

Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Lone Pine is known for nature, museums, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills, stroll through Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, take in breathtaking views at Lone Pine Creek, and trek along Horseshoe Meadow Trail.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Lone Pine route planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lone Pine when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lancaster.
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Lancaster — 5 nights

Lancaster is a charter city in northern Los Angeles County, in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert in Southern California. Kids will appreciate attractions like The California Route 66 Museum and Prime Desert Woodland Preserve. Get out of town with these interesting Lancaster side-trips: Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center (in Pearblossom), Route 66 Mother Road Museum (in Barstow) and Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch (in Oro Grande). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Civic Musical Road, learn about all things military at Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, stop by Antique Asylum, and admire the majestic nature at Saddleback Butte State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lancaster vacation planner.

You can drive from Lone Pine to Lancaster in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lancaster when traveling from Lone Pine in September, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Palm Springs.
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Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks
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Palm Springs — 19 nights

Family-friendly places like Palm Springs Air Museum and Off-Road Tours will thrill your kids. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree National Park, Flux Adventures, &more), Landers (Giant Rock & The Dream Wanderer) and Palm Desert (The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert Cross Hiking Trail, &more).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Lancaster to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. In October, Palm Springs is somewhat warmer than Lancaster - with highs of 92°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Borrego Springs.
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Borrego Springs — 7 nights

Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. When in Borrego Springs, make a side trip to see Palomar Mountain State Park in Palomar Mountain, approximately Palomar Mountain away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on California Overland Desert Excursions, admire nature's extreme beauty at Yaqui Well, head outdoors with Ocotillo Wells SVRA, and take a memorable drive along Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Borrego Springs vacation planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to Borrego Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Palm Springs in October, plan for little chillier nights in Borrego Springs, with lows around 59°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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