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Artist's Drive

Address: Death Valley National Park, CA
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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366 reviews 366 reviews
120 attraction reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

It's a windy trip through a couple of canyons to view the various colors of the rocks caused by various kinds of minerals. It doesn't take long, so it's worth a drive. Pick a time when the sun is shining on the rocks.

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New Jersey
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

When the sun is low over the mountains the colors really pop. Stay awhile and watch the color change.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This was a hidden surprise and glad we decided to drive there. The natural colours are truly jaw-dropping. This is not to be missed on any trip to Death Valley. Gorgeous.

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Ferndale, California, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This place changes with the light. It looked one way with sunlight and very different the next day with an overcast sky. Loved being able to climb on the "Artists Palette." Fun little drive. Don't have to get out if you don't want to.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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112 reviews 112 reviews
42 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This 9-mile one-way circle drive takes you to several overlooks, such as The Artist's Palette, colored shale and mud cliffs that look like gobs of pink, gold, turquoise paint. Narrow indeed at the end, beautiful all the way. Late afternoon is best light, as cliffs face west.

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California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This was the only scenic drive that we did, and it definitely is "the" one to do. It is a very fun and beautiful drive with convenient stopping areas to snap pictures and take in the scene.

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Bytom, Poland
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87 reviews 87 reviews
78 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Artist's Drive is beautiful, I wish I had more time to go slower. Even with the little time I had, I took more than 400 photos. The views are splendid! Fantastic, fabulous stone desert landscape.

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Los Altos, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
51 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I loved that we could slowly drive the entire canyon and see the colors and rock formations without leaving the car. It's a great drive for anyone who's not able to walk or doesn't want to walk in the heat. This is a must do!

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Hamilton, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

An easy drive-through with exceptional visual range, from dark gravely washes to bright pastel hues on altered volcanic mudstone cliffs. The colors are due to iron, titanium and copper minerals in the sediments. A must-do.

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Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Don't miss this lovely drive, fairly short, through beautifully colored canyons. We drove through this around 4 p.m., and the light was just soft enough that the layers of different colored rock were just stunning. Only took about 20-30 minutes, driving pretty slowly so we could enjoy the views, before connecting back on the main road. A steady trickle of... More 

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