We're spending three nights in Death Valley the week of Thanksgiving with another family, between us there will be five kids from age 8 to 13. All of the kids are good hikers, can easily handle 3 miles or more if it's really spectacular. We are staying 3 nights at the Furnace Creek campground and a fourth night somewhere on the way home, probably Bakersfield (so 3 full days in DV). Anyone have experience driving from the SF Bay Area? Is it really a 9 hour drive?
What are the things we should not miss? Is it worth the time to drive to Scotty's Castle? And anything we should know about camping at Furnace Creek?