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Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California and it is one of the hottest and driest places in the world. Death Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America.
There are some really nice attractions in the national park. From sand dunes over colorful rocks to the deepest point of North America, is something for everyone to admire. You need about 4 hours to go to the most beautiful viewpoints and attractions.
You can find parking lots in the national park at all necessary places. Follow the link to a Roadmap of the Park: (click here)
The park entrance fee is $25 per car. But if you plan to visit also other national parks in the USA, i really recommend a Interagency Annual Pass for $80 per car. This pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation areas. (click here)
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Before we went on the exhausting ride through the Death Valley, we said the day before that we will sleep a little bit longer to be rested.
So we started the trip from our hotel in Las Vegas at around 11AM.
Only two hours away from Las Vegas we reached our first destination, the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

610 Spring Meadows Rd, Amargosa Valley, NV 89020

It's like an adventure when you visit this National Wildlife Refuge, because there are not much tourists (we were alone there) and so it makes fun to explore this area. The disadvantage is that there are not so many points of interest to visit, the Crystal Spring is in my opinion the best one.

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After our one-hour adventure at the Wildlife Refuge, we drove on to the center of Death Valley.
Half an hour later we reached the Zabriskie Point.
There you have an amazing view of the wonderful landscape.

CA-190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328

This is a really stunning viewpoint to see the magical landscape of many stone hills. One can hardly imagine that all this was formed by nature.

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Now it was already 3PM and we were really hungry.
A view on the map was enough, to see that only the village Furnace Creek is nearby and so we drove to there to find a restaurant or something else.

Furnace Creek, CA 92328

The best thing at first, it is good that there is at least one locality in the Death Valley. So it is perfect for a short rest but i would not recommend to stay here for longer because on hot summer days the temperature is really unbearable.

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Echo Canyon Rd, Furnace Creek, CA 92328

The food is tasty but the prices very high. Staff was friendly but the restaurant is crowded with tourists and does not look really inviting.

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As we were full of energy again after lunch, we moved on to our next stop. So we drove about 20min to the Artist's Palette.

Artists Dr, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328

Because of the different minerals in the soil there is a concentration of many beautiful colors here. Best if you visit it in the evening or morning because of the more dramatically light.

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After this little detour to the colored rocks, we now went to our real destination, the deepest point in North America.
This point is called Badwater Basin and is located in the middle of Death Valley.

Badwater Rd, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328

The basin, with an elevation of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level, is the lowest point in North America. Amazing views and excellent place for pictures. A must see when passing through Death Valley.

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After this two spots in the desert, we returned to our planned route.
We didn't get very far, because after 15min driving time, we saw another nice landscape attraction, the Devils Golf Course.

Badwater Rd, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328

Great landscape with some really interesting salt formations, in an incredibly dramatic setting. There is no hiking trail, so you can make a quick stop to take photos and that's it.

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Meanwhile it was already 18:30PM, so we wanted to hurry a little.
Our goal was to reach a campground near Lake Isabella on this day, 200 miles away from our current location.
However, we still had one intermediate stop in front of us, the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

10 CA-190, Stovepipe Wells, CA 92328

Probably one of the most scenic part of Death Valley. The sand dunes here are huge and a small hike really makes fun.

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At 19PM we were on the road again and 2 hours later we reached Ridgecrest.
Once we arrived there, we ate dinner at Subway, because we were already very hungry after this long trip.

Now we went in the direction of Lake Isabella.
One hour later we drove by the Lake, but it was already very dark and so we couldn't see the beauty of the landscape.
We also had problems finding a suitable campsite, but after a short time we found one.

Mountain Hwy 99, Kernville, CA 93238

Very simple campground without sanitary facilities. Suitable for a short stay because it is free of charge.

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After this exhausting day, we were really looking forward to sleep.

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