22 days in California Deserts Itinerary

22 days in California Deserts Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Deserts sightseeing planner

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Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Palm Springs
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Palm Springs
— 5 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yermo
— 1 night
Drive
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Lone Pine
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 7 nights
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Palm Springs

— 5 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert) and Joshua Tree National Park (in Joshua Tree).

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs online trip builder.

Manchester, UK to Palm Springs is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in May, with highs in Palm Springs at 39°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park

— 5 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Keys View, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arch Rock Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barker Dam Trail, and hike along Split Rock.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Joshua Tree National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be little chillier, temps between 36°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yermo.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Yermo

— 1 night
Yermo is a town in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California. On the 16th (Mon), look for gifts at Eddie World and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yermo vacation planner.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Yermo in 2.5 hours. In May in Yermo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Yermo

Historic Sites · Shopping

Lone Pine

— 3 nights
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Lone Pine is known for nature, museums, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills, examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, hike along Horseshoe Meadow Trail, and stroll through Mount Whitney Trail.

Make your Lone Pine itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Yermo to Lone Pine takes 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Yermo in May: high temperatures in Lone Pine hover around 32°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 7 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Ubehebe Crater, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip app.

You can drive from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails