Death Valley National Park is truly iconic. The hottest place on earth, the lowest point in North America … The superlatives go on. It is also surprisingly beautiful and diverse.
There are towering white sand dunes, expansive salt flats and ridged badlands. You can visit ruins of old mines and a historic hacienda in the middle of the desert. There are rocks painted with multi-colored ores, marbled slot canyons and golden arches. You can clamber though narrow canyons, climb to see panoramic views or see deep volcanic craters. There are so many micro desert environments all in one compact place.
One thing – it does get very HOT in summer!
Death Valley National Park Travel Guide
Death Valley National Park at a glance
- State: California
- Main attractions: Badlands, salt flats, colored rocks, sand dunes, slot canyons, historic mines and buildings, volcanic craters
- Best time to go: Winter
- Accommodations: Inside the park. The main center is Furnace Creek
- Campgrounds: Inside park
- Dining: Furnace Creek
- Shuttle: No
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James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.
He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and all of the main national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks.
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