8 days in California Desert Itinerary

8 days in California Desert Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tulsa
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
Lone Pine
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Tulsa

Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Visiting Indian Canyons and Joshua Tree National Park will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at St. Theresa Church and Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway. Step out of Palm Springs to go to Morongo Valley and see Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs driving holiday planning website.

Tulsa to Palm Springs is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tulsa to Palm Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tulsa in July, with highs in Palm Springs at 107°F and lows at 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Michael S Wolfson Park, Fountain of Life
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Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park


Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for gifts at Eddie World, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Basin Natural Area.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Barstow driving holiday planner.

Drive from Palm Springs to Barstow in 2 hours. Traveling from Palm Springs in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Barstow, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Barstow

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Eddie World ©
Eddie World

Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. On the 31st (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills, then trek along Mount Whitney Trail, then hike along Horseshoe Meadow Trail, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lone Pine online tour planner.

You can drive from Barstow to Lone Pine in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Barstow in July, expect Lone Pine to be little chillier, temps between 99°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Trona.

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


Trona ©
Trona is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Trona Pinnacles.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Trona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Trona takes 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trona, with lows around 74°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Trona

Parks Wildlife
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Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles