22 days in California Desert Itinerary

22 days in California Desert Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Desert route planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Palm Springs
— 11 nights
Drive
2
Twentynine Palms
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Barstow
— 4 nights
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Palm Springs — 11 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Joshua Tree (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Joshua Tree National Park), Hi-Desert Nature Museum (in Yucca Valley) and Palm Desert (The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Art Smith Trail, &more).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Palm Springs is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Palm Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get little chillier in Palm Springs: highs are around 24°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Twentynine Palms.
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Twentynine Palms — 3 nights

Twentynine Palms is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Twentynine Palms: Slab City (in Niland) and Box Canyon Road (in Mecca). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Love Signs, try your luck at Tortoise Rock Casino, take in the exciting artwork at 29 Palms Art Gallery, and see the sky in a new way at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Twentynine Palms trip builder.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Twentynine Palms takes 1.5 hours. In January, Twentynine Palms is a bit cooler than Palm Springs - with highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lone Pine.
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Lone Pine — 2 nights

Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, then take in breathtaking views at Lone Pine Creek, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills, and finally steep yourself in history at California Historical Landmark 507. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Meadow Trail, see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, then contemplate the waterfront views at Owens River, and finally look for gifts at Gus's Fresh Jerky.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lone Pine trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Twentynine Palms to Lone Pine takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Twentynine Palms in January, expect Lone Pine to be slightly colder, temps between 16°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Barstow.
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Barstow — 4 nights

Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barstow: Trona Pinnacles (in Trona) and Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch (in Oro Grande). And it doesn't end there: see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town, learn more about the world around you at Mojave River Valley Museum, see the interesting displays at Route 66 Mother Road Museum, and revel in the low prices at Outlets at Barstow.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Barstow trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Barstow takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 3°C in Barstow. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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