The most scenic route is via Shoshone and goes all the way up Badwater Road. However, the big minus of going in this way is that you bypass Dante's View Point, and then it is a 50-mile round trip from the Furnace Creek area later to see it.
From the southern park boundary on this road to Furnace Creek is about 65 miles. Almost 50 miles of it is mainly about majestic landscapes and long-range views of the Valley and the mountain ranges..
The major natural wonders along Badwater Road are in the northern 17 miles (Badwater, Natural Bridge, Artist's Drive, Devil's Golf Course, and Golden Canyon). If you were to enter from Pahrump and Death Valley Junction, the side road to Dante's View is right on the way, and then continuing on 190 (where you can also go to 20 Mule Team Canyon and Zabriskie Point) takes you to Badwater Road where you have closer access to those natural marvels.
I suggest the Shoshone to Badwater route for people who are staying a couple of days and have time to take the detour over to Dante's without skimping elsewhere. Dante's is a must-see, a panoramic view of the whole Valley, the surrounding mountains, the salt flats with Badwater directly below, several roads, and the oasis of Furnace Creek. It's a wonderful intro to the park for those coming in, or a grand finale on the way out. All roads into Death Valley are scenic and you can never go wrong with any of them, but for a shorter stay, coming in from DVJ would.be the best use of your time.
Thank you, Frisco-Roadrunner,
We will take up your advice, and come in from DVJ.
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