Weekend trips from Palm Springs

  1. Las Vegas / Sedona
  2. Santa Monica / Santa Barbara
  3. San Luis Obispo / Big Sur

For any of these trips, you could visit just the first or second destination if you want to do less driving and spend more time in the area.


Trip idea #1: Palm Springs → Las Vegas → Sedona → Palm Springs


Palm Springs to Las Vegas
leave Palm Springs on Friday
1.5 hours → Joshua Tree National Park
2 hours → Amboy
50 minutes → Mojave National Preserve
59 minutes → Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas
49 minutes → Lake Mead
16 minutes → Las Vegas (stay Friday night)
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6 hours of driving

Las Vegas to Sedona
leave Las Vegas on Saturday
1 hour → White Hills
53 minutes → Kingman
1 hour → Seligman
41 minutes → Williams
37 minutes → Flagstaff
50 minutes → Sedona (stay Saturday night)
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5.5 hours of driving

Sedona to Palm Springs
leave Sedona on Sunday
1.5 hours → Montezuma Castle National Monument
55 minutes → Surprise
49 minutes → Tonopah
1 hour → Wenden
45 minutes → Blythe
1 hour → Desert Center
29 minutes → Palm Springs (back home)
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7 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 18.5 hours of driving.


Trip idea #2: Palm Springs → Santa Monica → Santa Barbara → Palm Springs


Palm Springs to Santa Monica
leave Palm Springs on Friday
54 minutes → Oak Glen
1 hour → Chino Hills
54 minutes → Los Angeles
24 minutes → Santa Monica (stay Friday night)
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3.5 hours of driving

Santa Monica to Santa Barbara
leave Santa Monica on Saturday
15 minutes → Mulholland Drive
32 minutes → Thousand Oaks
14 minutes → N Wendy Dr
23 minutes → Oxnard
21 minutes → Ventura
24 minutes → Rincon Point
19 minutes → Montecito
9 minutes → Santa Barbara (stay Saturday night)
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2.5 hours of driving

Santa Barbara to Palm Springs
leave Santa Barbara on Sunday
47 minutes → Ventura
1 hour → Malibu
46 minutes → Pasadena
1 hour → Mt Baldy
54 minutes → Oak Glen
29 minutes → Palm Springs (back home)
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5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 11 hours of driving.


Trip idea #3: Palm Springs → San Luis Obispo → Big Sur → Palm Springs


Palm Springs to San Luis Obispo
leave Palm Springs on Friday
54 minutes → Oak Glen
1 hour → Mt Baldy
56 minutes → Los Angeles
1 hour → Ventura
1 hour → Solvang
58 minutes → Pismo Beach
18 minutes → San Luis Obispo (stay Friday night)
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6.5 hours of driving

San Luis Obispo to Big Sur
leave San Luis Obispo on Saturday
40 minutes → Cambria
46 minutes → Treebones Resort
43 minutes → Nepenthe
10 minutes → Big Sur (stay Saturday night)
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2.5 hours of driving

Big Sur to Palm Springs
leave Big Sur on Sunday
55 minutes → Hearst Castle
2 hours → San Luis Obispo
1 hour → Ventura
2 hours → Los Angeles
2 hours → Big Bear Lake
1 hour → Palm Springs (back home)
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9.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 18 hours of driving.



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Discover weekend getaways from Palm Springs and explore places that are easily drivable for a short 3-day trip or a longer weekend if there's a holiday or you can get time off. Once you've picked a destination, you can search for alternate routes that might have more interesting stops along the way. If you're looking for all of the possible destinations, try searching for a radius of 50 miles from Palm Springs up to 200 miles from Palm Springs or anything in between. If you don't have enough time for a long weekend, try searching for day trips from Palm Springs, or you can make Palm Springs your destination instead. If you have more time, you can plan a drive from Palm Springs to Nevada.