Death Valley National Park
Description of Death Valley National Park: Death Valley is located in California, 135 miles (216 kilometers) from Las Vegas and a mere 40-minute plane ride away. This scenic wonder has the lowest elevation on the North American continent at 280 feet (84.93 meters) below sea level. Points of interest include Zabriskie Point, 20 Mule Team Canyon and Scotty's Castle.
As you tour Death Valley be sure to visit Badwater, which is the lowest point below sea level in the U.S. At 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level it also is often the hottest place in the country. Temperatures in the summer can easily surpass 120° F (49° C). Other sites to see are the Devils golf course, Ubehebe Crater, Artists drive and Scotty’s castle. If you love the scenery and the vast openness of the desert, you will love Death Valley National Park.
Yes, it is a short drive away but you should think twice before you consider it in the summer months. It simply is not as beautiful from the front seat of a rental car.
Location of Death Valley National Park: 135 miles (216 km.) from Las Vegas in Death Valley, CA 92328
Hours: Visitor center 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Activities at Death Valley National Park:
Hiking, sightseeing, driving tours.
On your way you can stop at the Pahrump Winery and have a taste of Nevada wine. It’s usually open from 10 am to 4:30 pm. From Las Vegas you should go through the town of Pahrump as you travel on SR 160.
One more thing to see as you travel to Death Valley is the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction. The murals on the walls of this small theatre are impressive and shows are held every Saturday night.