14 days in California Deserts Itinerary

14 days in California Deserts Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2 h
1
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Yermo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palm Springs: Temecula (Carter Estate Winery and Resort & Old Town Temecula).

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs online trip maker.

Los Angeles to Palm Springs is an approximately 2- hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in Palm Springs at 39°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Rancho Mirage, Temecula
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Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

4
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.
Joshua Tree National Park is known for nature, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, make a trip to Cap Rock at Joshua Tree, take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, and identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park route maker.

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. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Palm Springs in May; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 36°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yermo.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

1
night
Yermo

Yermo ©
Yermo is a town in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California. On the 9th (Sun), trek along Mojave Trail, contemplate the long history of Calico Early Man Site, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, and finally stop by Eddie World.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yermo trip maker website.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Yermo in 2.5 hours. May in Yermo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yermo

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mojave Trail
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Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Eddie World ©
Eddie World
Calico Early Man Site ©
Calico Early Man Site

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, and explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip maker site.

You can drive from Yermo to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. In May, Death Valley National Park is little chillier than Yermo - with highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin