It ain’t for the faint of heart, but if you can stand the heat, Death Valley holds some of the most outrageous panoramas and the finest details you can find, carved up special by the harshest of elements. From Furnace Creek to the Devil’s Golf Course, there’s no wrong way to explore so long as you have extra sunscreen on hand and ample H2O.
Alright, the real low down on the park with the lowest point in North America: Take the trails up Dante’s Ridge to Mt. Perry. There, you’ll get full views of the Badwater Basin, that lowest of lows at 282 feet below sea level, and on a clear day, you’ll be treated to the highest peak in the contiguous US: Mount Whitney. Digging into a fat stack of fries for fuel and short on table salt? Go on down to the basin and score a refill from the deposits. Then grab a double feature from the artist formally known as nature with greatest hits Artist Palette and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. We wish we could stay and chat, but Badwater Road is calling. See ya out there!