9 days in California Desert Itinerary

9 days in California Desert Itinerary

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9 days in California Desert Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  8​h
1
Palm Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Barstow
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ridgecrest
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Appleton

5
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Escena Golf Club and Integratron. You'll explore and learn at Cabot's Pueblo Museum and General George S. Patton Memorial Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Indian Wells Golf Club (in Indian Wells) and Palm Desert (Spas & Desert Holocaust Memorial). There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Coachella Valley Brewing Company, look for gifts at Brandini Toffee, explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, and take an in-depth tour of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs road trip planning website .

Appleton to Palm Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Appleton to Palm Springs. Traveling from Appleton in December, expect Palm Springs to be much warmer, temps between 70°F and 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Coachella Valley Brewing Company, Michael S Wolfson Park, Indian Wells Golf Club, Integratron
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Escena Golf Club ©
Escena Golf Club
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Integratron ©
Integratron

1
night
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Barstow Harvey House, examine the collection at Route 66 Mother Road Museum, examine the collection at Western America Railroad Museum, then make a trip to Barstow Station, and finally look for gifts at Eddie World.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Barstow online road trip planner .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Barstow in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in December, with highs in Barstow at 60°F and lows at 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ridgecrest.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Eddie World
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Route 66 Mother Road Museum ©
Route 66 Mother Road Museum
Western America Railroad Museum ©
Western America Railroad Museum
Barstow Harvey House ©
Barstow Harvey House

2
nights
Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest ©
Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Maturango Museum, stop by Red Rock Books, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Indian Wells Brewing Company, and finally examine the collection at Petroglyph Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ridgecrest attractions planner .

You can drive from Barstow to Ridgecrest in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barstow in December since evenings lows in Ridgecrest dip to 30°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Ridgecrest

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Indian Wells Brewing Company
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Maturango Museum ©
Maturango Museum
Petroglyph Park ©
Petroglyph Park
Indian Wells Brewing Company ©
Indian Wells Brewing Company