8 days in California Deserts Itinerary

8 days in California Deserts Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tulsa
Bus + Fly + Bus:  9 h
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
End: Tulsa

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Dante's View, then cruise along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip website.

Tulsa to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 9- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tulsa to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tulsa in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr


Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 4th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Basin Natural Area, then don't miss a visit to Barstow Station, then see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town, and finally look for gifts at Eddie World.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Barstow trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Barstow by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August in Barstow, expect temperatures between 103°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Barstow

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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

Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Let the collections at Palm Springs Air Museum and Heather James Fine Art capture your imagination. Head to VillageFest and Wabi Sabi Japan Livingfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Barker Dam Trail (in Joshua Tree National Park) and Indian Wells Golf Club (in Indian Wells).

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs holiday maker app.

Drive from Barstow to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Traveling from Barstow in August, Palm Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Barker Dam Trail, Indian Wells Golf Club
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Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail