I love deserts, so it should come as no surprise that Death Valley is one of my favorite national parks in the US.
I’ve visited Death Valley on two occasions: first during my 2009 road trip and second during my 2011 photo tour. Both times I found it to be a photographers paradise with plenty gorgeous vistas.
Death Valley is famous for several things:
- It is the lowest point in North America. Badwater Basin is 282 ft (86m) below sea level.
- It holds the record for the hottest temperature on Earth. In 1913, Furnace Creek recorded a temperature of 56.7°C (134°F).
- It is the home of the Devil’s Racetrack, a mysterious place where rock appears to move and leave trails. No one knows how or why it happens.
Death Valley is most accessible from Las Vegas and is also a three-hour drive from Las Angeles. I highly recommend NOT visiting in the dead of summer. If you do, make sure your vehicle is full of fuel and bring plenty of water.