8 days in San Diego, Palm Springs & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

8 days in San Diego, Palm Springs & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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San Diego — 1 night

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cabrillo Tide Pools. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove and then snap pictures at Coronado Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Cabrillo Tide Pools, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and then stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Minneapolis to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in March, with highs in San Diego at 69°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.
Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Palm Springs — 2 nights

On the 28th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons and then get to know the fascinating history of The River at Rancho Mirage.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park — 2 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in March, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 75°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.
Nature · Parks
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San Diego — 2 nights

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego journey planner.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in March, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 69°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 56°F. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife