8 days in Los Angeles, Catalina Island & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

8 days in Los Angeles, Catalina Island & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Avalon
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Los Angeles using our trip planner.

Philadelphia to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in January, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 70°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Avalon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Must see
Disneyland Park
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Specialty Museum
The Getty Center
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Disney Park / Activity
Disney California Adventure Park
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Avalon

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see Catalina Island Company, let your taste buds guide you at Catalina Food Tours, then look for gifts at Afishinados Gallery, and finally test your team's savvy at Catalina Room Escape.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Avalon online travel planner.

Traveling by combination of tram and ferry from Los Angeles to Avalon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in Avalon to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Avalon

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
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Room Escape Game
Catalina Room Escape
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Afishinados Gallery
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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.
On the 11th (Mon), admire nature's extreme beauty at Cottonwood Spring Oasis and then hike along Lost Palms Oasis Trail. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Ryan Mountain, then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Getting from Avalon to Joshua Tree National Park by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Traveling from Avalon in January, Joshua Tree National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip
Wildlife Area
Barker Dam Trail
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Hiking Trail
Ryan Mountain
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