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