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

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

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

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

Tokyo, Japan to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Tokyo to Los Angeles. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
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 14th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip site .

Drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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