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“A wonderous place!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Route 190, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
(760) 786-3200
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California
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“A wonderous place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I love the winter desert: you can explore and enjoy all the sites without the heat discomfort. The Valley is long.....allow at least 2 days.

Visited February 2013
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“Awesome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

All of G-d's works are awesome... but the most impressive thing is all the life that flourishes here.

Visited March 2012
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“As Hot as it Gets”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I have been to some very hot places in the world, Egypt, Morroco, Dubai but this one win it all, the place is so big and desolated, is must see.

Visited April 2012
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“3 day Getaway in Death Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is a great time to visit the park with warm days (70-80's) before it's chuck full of visitors. We had magical starry nights, great sunsets, trails to explore.

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“Stunning and majestic, yet monotonous”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Lots of friends recommended Death Valley so I finally made it for a long weekend trip in February. The temperatures were just right/mildly hot (70-80 degrees) in the daytime and chilly at night (50s). Bottom line: it is definitely a vast, stunningly desolate, impressively stark place. But after a day of driving around, the scenery and colors start to repeat themselves. A lot of the "tourist-y points of interest" seem a bit far-fetched (Devil's Golf Course - a section of flatland that would be difficult to golf on?, Devil's Cornfield...).
I made the long 9hr drive from San Francisco/Bay Area and would recommend just flying into Vegas, then doing the 2hr drive instead - the long drive is fairly boring unless you go mid-summer thru the Sierras.
If you are into hiking, do a hike early in the a.m. (start it latest by 8am) - you will avoid not just the heat but the tour buses. The day will end at sunset (5:30pm in Feb) so you want to start early.
Favorite locations: Golden Canyon to Red Cathedral hike (2.5miles roundtrip, get info from a park ranger), Sand Dunes near Stovepipe Wells (sunset is really nice, but remember to watch the Eastern hills changing colors, not the setting sun!), Ubehebe Crater.
Mehh.. - Badwater Basin (it has a certain coolness factor though), Artists' Drive.
Accommodation - stayed both nights at Death Valley Inn in Beatty, NV (30mi from park center). Great h(m?)otel, way better than Stovepipe Wells. I But beware the police speed traps in Beatty!

All in all, it's an interesting place for 1.5 days or so. We could have spent an extra 1/2 day but decided to start our return drive early instead, since we felt we had seen as much as we wanted. Kings Canyon still remains my favorite California National Park...

Visited February 2013
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