8 days in California Desert Itinerary

8 days in California Desert Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Yermo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Step out of Palm Springs to go to Joshua Tree and see Joshua Tree National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs road trip planning website.

San Francisco to Palm Springs is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yermo.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Joshua Tree National Park
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Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain

1
night
Yermo

Yermo ©
Yermo is a town in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hike along Mojave Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Mojave River Valley Museum, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, and finally look for gifts at Eddie World.

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

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Yermo takes 2.5 hours. In December, Yermo is little chillier than Palm Springs - with highs of 60°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Yermo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mojave Trail, Mojave River Valley Museum
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Mojave River Valley Museum ©
Mojave River Valley Museum
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Eddie World ©
Eddie World

2
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the activities along Owens River, trek along Mount Whitney Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Meadow Trail, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at California Historical Landmark 507, take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills, and then hike along Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lone Pine trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Yermo to Lone Pine takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Yermo in December since evenings lows in Lone Pine dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History