This one-day highlights tour through Joshua Tree National Park is great for those who are limited with time. If you are looking for a short day trip idea from Los Angeles or San Diego, or just want a quick detour on your road trip from or to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon than keep reading!
We recently took a road trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Unlike most of our other trips where we usually have an unlimited amount of travel time, this was only a short getaway due to new work commitments.
Believe it or not, we lived in Los Angeles for a year and a half and never got around to visiting this park! Now that we had moved two states away I was itching to explore the Joshua Tree area. When I received a low airfare alert from Skyscanner for flights to Long Beach I jumped on the opportunity. We booked car hire in advance online and you wouldn't believe the rate we scored... $80 for 4 days!!! Hell yeah!!!
Flying into Long Beach turned out to be a really good decision. It was a small and easy airport to navigate. And there was no traffic! No traffic on the way out to Joshua Tree on a Sunday morning on the Presidents Holiday Weekend!! Also, on our return during the week we were going against the traffic. I have included a list of airports below if your are flying in to visit Joshua Tree too.
The Upper Yosemite Falls trail is our favorite hike in Yosemite National Park...so much so we considered doing it twice during our most recent trip! If you've ever done this hike you might be thinking that's a little insane. Especially in the middle of summer. But even though this is a strenuous and steep hike the effort is well worth it. You get some great views of the Yosemite Valley floor even if you only make it up to Columbia Rock and if you persist a little further you will be able to view the bottom of the Upper Falls too. But the effort really pays off if you make it to the top!
Death Valley National Park is America's largest national park in the lower 48 states. Yes, this national park is larger than Yellowstone! In my opinion, it is also one of the best.
The highlights of this road trip include a visit to four of America's National Parks and one National Monument (however you could easily add side trips to Mesa Verde and Capital Reed National Parks if you have the time). Allow at least a minimum of two or three nights at each place as you will need time to explore all of the parks. It is recommended that you buy a national park pass as this will provide value for money. As it is a loop drive the trip can also be undertaken in reverse. This part of the United States is nothing short of spectacular so make sure you have your camera charged.
Death Valley is one of my favorite places in California and is definitely in my top three National Parks to visit. Here is a list of ten attractions in Death Valley which could be seen in two days (possibly one if you get an early start to the day) but if you have the time you should spend a couple of extra days to fully explore the area. There are many amazing hikes and camping here is magical because the night sky has very low levels of light pollution.
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