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Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

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Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

My husband and I are flying into and out of San Diego in mid-April. We have ten days to explore (it is our first time in Southern California). We would like to travel out to Joshua Tree National Park and would like a recommendation on how many days to stay in the park. In addition, we are planning on spending a few days in San Diego. However, we need some suggestions on where else to stay. We would like to enjoy the natural beauty of the area but would also like to have access to restaurants. We will have a car. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

Joshua Tree NP is about 2 1/2 hours from San Diego. Depending on what you want to do in the park--hike, drive through, rockclimb--it could take anywhere from a half day to 2 days. The park is not very big. You could combine your trip to J-Tree with a few days stay in Palm Springs. There are some beautiful scenic places in Palm Springs, including taking the aerial tramway up San Jacinto Mountain for a great view and, if you like hiking, a great hike to Jacinto Peak. There are also the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons for desert hiking. Palm Springs has lots of restaurants.

Edited: 08 November 2013, 05:00
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2. Re: Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

If you want to explore Joshua Trees for more than a day, stay north of the Park possibly at Twenty Nine Palms

…bestwestern.com/bestwestern/…

that will make it easiest to go to and from the park. You can do the park in a full day - but if you want to do several hikes and also enjoy the views of the stars at night you might want to plan for 2 and then staying closer to the park is best. If you are just going for the day plan a full day but stay in Palm Springs area for bigger selection of restaurants to go to.

Other things to do in Palm Springs area is of course enjoy a date malt

do the arial tram as mentioned above

Go to the LIving Desert

http://www.livingdesert.org/

Close to Palm Springs area about an hour drive away is the mountain areas of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake - both fun to see and enjoy.

http://www.lakearrowhead.com/

http://www.bigbear.com/

http://www.lakearrowheadresort.com/

and between Palm Springs and San Diego there is also the wine country of Temecula - nice wineries; some winery restaurants; etc.

http://www.temeculawines.org/

Pechanga Casino has very nice rooms nearby

https://www.pechanga.com/

or if you prefer not to stay at a casino resort

http://wineresort.com/

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3. Re: Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

i would consider spending 4 nights in san diego, then the next three in palm spring...driving there on the route through julian, one day at joshua tree and one day exploring palm springs. then leave early the next morning and head to laguna beach for a day. drive down the coast enjoying the sunset and a dinner a long the way and then the remaining nights back in san diego.

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4. Re: Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

In mid April - Anza Borrego should be in full bloom - if the rains/weather during this upcoming winter are cooperative.

Its desert territory similar to JT, but in the spring has a very popular show of spring flowers.

Go here for more info: anzaborrego.net/Travel/…Default.aspx or here: …wikipedia.org/wiki/Anza-Borrego_Desert_Stat…

Its on the way to/from Joshua Tree.

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6. Re: Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

As Mini says - Temecula has a small wine community. There's 32 +/- wineries. Pechanga Casino is also here.

However, I don't suggest staying at either the casino or in wine country due to the cost/value ratio unless you are coming in mid-week. The local hotels (all, especially wine country) hike up their prices for Friday, Sat and Sun stays and lower them significantly during the week. Also, the wine country B&Bs/hotels require a minimum 2 night stay during weekends.

Mid April is very, very busy during the weekends if the weather is pleasant, which it usually is.

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7. Re: Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

Hi Fairmount,

If you're looking for natural beauty with access to restaurants & entertainment, La Jolla is an option for a place to stay. There are many hotels in The Village of La Jolla (unsure what your budget is) that range from luxury to chains such as the Best Western.

If you stay in La Jolla, you can walk around La Jolla Cove & enjoy scenic views. You'll be a short drive to Torrey Pines State Reserve which is great for a mellow hike OR you can stroll from Scripps (La Jolla Shores) to Black's Beach during low tide.

Hope some of these suggestions help!

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8. Re: Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

Thank you for all the advice...so far we are going to stay in Palm Springs for two nights and near Joshua Tree for two nights. Now, I am trying to decide if it is better to stay in La Jolla or downtown San Diego (or anywhere else nearby). I am thinking I would like to be close to the ocean (and still be near places to go out for dinner).

Any advice on which area is best for us?

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9. Re: Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

For where to stay here I think I'd look to both La Jolla and Coronado. They are both quaint and have shops, restaurants, cafes. If you stay in the Village of LJ you have a little walk to get down to the beach. It does have more restaurants and art galleries than Coronado. You can eat in a restaurant overlooking the ocean. I'll let other make hotel recs.

Coronado Village is a block from the beach. A lot more restaurants have opened in the last couple of years, thankfully. Hotel del Coronado has the only restaurants facing the beach / ocean. On Coronado you might look at 1906 Lodge

http://www.1906lodge.com/

The Coronado Marriott which faces Downtown SD and is next door to the Coronado Ferry Landing.

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10. Re: Ten Days - Suggestions on Itinerary????

It will help us if you could tell us what your budget for hotels is.

La Jolla tends to be expensive (as is Coronado), but there are often good deals to be had. In the "village" of La Jolla I like the Empress (boutique) Hotel, which has some deals for $143.00/night in mid-April if you book in advance. It is not as upscale as La Valencia and the Grande Colonial, which are both more expensive, but it is a nice hotel. The Best Western Plus Inn By the Sea has lower rates ($129/night). There are many restaurants and coffeeshops within a few minutes' walking distance from all the hotels.

There are also hotels in La Jolla Shores, which is a 1 1/2 mile north of the "village." There are two hotels right on the beach: La Jolla Shores Hotel and the LJ Beach & Tennis Club. Again, these are more expensive, but often have special deals. Hotel La Jolla (Kimpton) is a few blocks from the beach, and is slightly less expensive than the other two. There are a dozen restaurants within walking distance.