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Thanksgiving weekend

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165 posts
172 reviews
Thanksgiving weekend

Hi there,

Two of us landing in LV at 5PM on Friday Nov 23 and flying out of LV on Tue Nov 27 2PM. Will rent car in LV. Want to spend Sat-Mon in DV.

Should we drive close Fri nite and if so what town to stop? Will nite drive have us miss great sites or nothing much to see on the way?

Should we stay at Stovepipe during weekend (have read reviews, seems fine & they have avail) or just as good to stay outside...but where? We know what to see once inside.


Tucson, Arizona
Destination Expert
for Dusseldorf
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2,920 posts
448 reviews
1. Re: Thanksgiving weekend

Drive to the park. Takes 2.5 hours max. Stay in the park, SPW is as good as any. There is no really good place to stay between the park and LV. You will not miss anything as you will drive back the same way you came in.


San Francisco
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for Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park
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12,062 posts
45 reviews
2. Re: Thanksgiving weekend

Absolutely, head straight to Death Valley from Las Vegas. If Stovepipe Wells still has space at this late date, grab it. The holiday season is a popular visitor time in Death Valley. It’s a rustic resort with a Western feel and quiet atmosphere, but with all the amenities you want (restaurant and saloon, general store, gift shop, pool, and gas station). The other major park resort, Furnace Creek, is bigger and busier, with more services. I prefer Stovepipe Wells because it feels more like “being in Death Valley.” It also has more subdued night lighting, for better stargazing if you don’t want to drive elsewhere in the park.

No town is ideal as a base for seeing the park, especially for three days when you’ll need to drive back and forth each day. The closest town is Beatty NV, about 8 miles from the park boundary and 40 miles from Furnace Creek. No other towns are close enough to even be practical.

You will arrive after sunset, but with the amount of time you plan to spend in the park, you have plenty of time to see the sights and not miss anything major.

The most efficient way to get to the park from Las Vegas is to Pahrump, then NV Hwy 160, Bell Vista Road, Stateline Road, and CA Hwy 190. You can stop at Pahrump on the way and get groceries or whatever else you want; you’ll find supermarkets and Wal-Mart there.

If you want to return to Las Vegas the same way, be sure to go down Badwater Road as part of your visit. You can also return via Badwater and Shoshone; if you do that, be sure to drive back out 190 during one of your days to see Zabriskie Point, 20 Mule Team Canyon, and Dante’s View.

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