29 days in California Desert Itinerary

29 days in California Desert Itinerary

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29 days in California Desert Itinerary

San Francisco
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Death Valley Junction
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
Barstow
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Palm Springs
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
San Francisco

10
days
Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Junction
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert community in unincorporated community Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Death Valley Junction: Tecopa (Tecopa Hot Springs & China Ranch Date Farm). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ubehebe Crater, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, and explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley Junction holiday planner.

San Francisco to Death Valley Junction is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from San Francisco in February, Death Valley Junction is slightly colder at night with lows of 36°F. On the 10th (Fri), you're off toBarstow.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tecopa, Dublin Gulch
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Ubehebe Crater
Ubehebe Crater
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon

9
days
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Explore Barstow's surroundings by going to Trona Pinnacles (in Trona), Ridgecrest (Maturango Museum, Little Petroglyph Canyon, & more), Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch (in Oro Grande) and Red Rock Canyon State Park (in Cantil). There's still lots to do: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, don't miss a visit to Barstow Station Cinema, see the interesting displays at Western America Railroad Museum, and get some fabulous bargains at Outlets at Barstow.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Barstow custom trip planner.

Drive from Death Valley Junction to Barstow in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in February, and nighttime lows around 40°F. On the 19th (Sun), you're off toPalm Springs.

Things to do in Barstow

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ridgecrest, Trona Pinnacles, Calico Ghost Town, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch
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Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles
Calico Ghost Town
Calico Ghost Town
Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area

10
days
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, within the Coachella Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: Palm Desert (Living Desert Zoo & Gardens & BIGHORN Golf Club), Indio (Shield's Date Farm & Fantasy Springs Resort Casino), Indian Wells Golf Club (in Indian Wells) and Joshua Tree National Park (in Twentynine Palms). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Indian Canyons, take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District, explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, and admire the natural beauty at Sunnylands.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Barstow to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barstow in February: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 72°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indio, Joshua Tree National Park, Indian Wells Golf Club
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Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum