Death Valley National Park: Must See Sites
First things first, you’re gonna need a car. Death Valley is 3 times the size of Los Angeles and it’s beauty is distributed all around the park. Even with a car, you might not be able to visit all these sights in one weekend but it’s worth a shot. There are many amazing sites in Death Valley but here are 5 we believe you have to stop by:
This is an area along Artist’s Drive in Death valley where the rocks along the mountains exhibit different colors. These green, pink and white colors are results of oxidation of different metals. The rocks are evidence of Death Valley’s once explosively volcanic pasts.
Covering nearly 200 sq miles, badwater basin is 282 feet below sea level, the lowest point in North America. From distance, it looks like an entire plain covered in ice, but as you get closer, it becomes apparent it’s salt. Fun fact, the highest point in the continental US (Mount Whitney), is only miles away.
Devil’s Golf Course:
This is a large salt pan on the floor of the Mojave Desert. It looks so beautiful and exciting from the parking lot but once you get close you’ll soon realize how it got it’s name. In the National Service Guidebook, it states “only the devil could play golf” on it. It’s texture is extremely rough and if you’re not careful, it’s very easy to get scratches and cuts if you fall down here.
There is a bit of a mystery to how these heavy stones move around. Many have different theories. Some more believable than others but all theories have been met with debunking questions. We were unable to visit this site during our visit but we would love for you to see it and tell us how you liked it.
Dante’s view gives its visitors a panoramic view of the death valley basin. It’s also an excellent spot to get away from the heat. It is usually about 15 degrees cooler than the valley. From Dante’s view, you can spot Devil’s golf course, Furnace Creek, Badwater Basin, and so much more.
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If you’ve ever thought about going to Death Valley National Park, then you probably know it’s not but a mere 4 hours from Los Angeles.