Death Valley National Park, California/Nevada

North American National Park #11 - Death Valley National Park, California
North American National Park #11 – Death Valley National Park, California/Nevada

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.

View the complete list of US and Canadian National Parks I have visited.

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