9 days in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
End: Los Angeles

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night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online travel planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Keys View, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock, and then explore and take pictures at Geology Tour Road. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Arch Rock and then take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks
Keys View ©
Keys View
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September, Death Valley National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Newport Beach and The Wedge. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Seal Beach and see Seal Beach, which is approximately 46 minutes away. See some other sides of Los Angeles: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Seal Beach
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The Wedge ©
The Wedge
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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