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“Death Valley day trip from Las Vegas” 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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London, Canada
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“Death Valley day trip from Las Vegas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I wish I lived close to this place because I'd visit it multiple times a year, but I had to be content with a day trip from Las Vegas this spring. Came in from the south via Pahrump and went straight to Zabriskie Point in order to blow away my wife, who had never even heard of it before much less seen it. Mission accomplished, another perma-fan of DVNP.

The place is huge and we spent a lot of time in the car just gawking, but given the moderate morning temperatures that day we did manage to go for a nice walk way out on the salt flat at Badwater. Amazing how quickly people start to look like ants in that spot, they almost disappear after walking out only a few hundred yards.

Later we watched the outside temperature reading in the car quickly go up an extra 15-20F to 99F just by taking the short drive out to the Devil's Golf Course. I agree with other reviewers, there's not much to do out there except view the crystalline features up close, and perhaps be thankful you're not a pioneer trying to cross them on foot.

Ate our packed lunch in the shade (mandatory) at a road side table next to a palm grove by the Furnace Creek Ranch. Then we hit the park visitor center for a bathroom break and advice on some local road closures. We didn't want to climb any peaks so instead we stayed in the valley and went northward to the dunes at Mesquite Flat north of Stovepipe Wells. Went for a 30-minute walk on the dunes, but I wouldn't want to be out there that long in summer, it was plenty warm enough in mid-March.

The heat had really picked up by then so we mostly stuck to the car after that, enjoying the gorgeous blue mountain views before heading out along 374 toward Beatty NV. That route allowed us to pick up 95 back to Vegas instead of returning the same way we'd come in the morning. A really nice one day round trip.

Visited March 2014
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Groton, Connecticut
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“Amazing scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Lots of driving and a lot to see here. We drove over 70 miles inside the park. Always make sure you have a fuel tank when visiting a place like this. Zabriskie Point was an amazing view. Drove Artist Drive and of course you don't go to Death Valley and not go to Bad Water Basin! If you are military, make sure you ask for your Annual Pass to National Parks so you can get in free :) Watch for wildlife. We saw a coyote while in the park.

Visited March 2014
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Talk about Hot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The landscape is nothing like I've seen before. We thoroughly enjoyed our drive and short hikes throughout this great Natl. Park.

Visited January 2014
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Thoiry, France
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“The numerous interesting sights make this a great park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Although a long drive to get there and a lot of driving to see the various interesting sights, the sum total is worth it. The highlights for us (reviewed separately in some cases) were: the incredible heat (115+ degrees), Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Mosaic Canyon, Artists Drive, Zabriskie Point. In spring, summer and fall, make sure you have a reliable car with air conditioning. Time your visits to do the outside activities in the morning or late evening, otherwise be ready to suffer heat exhaustion.

Visited June 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Amazing place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

An amazing place and you must visit it. We had a hire car and drove through the park. We stopped at various points and took some spectacular photos. Definitely stop at Badwater Basin which is the hottest place on earth. It was about 51 degrees that day. Remember to take lots of water with you and a full tank of petrol.

Visited July 2014
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