Did you know that Death Valley is officially the hottest place on earth? Its record temperature of 134°F was achieved over 100 years ago. But in 2021 it came within 4 degrees of that!
But there’s far more to Death Valley than just heat. It has a unique geological landscape that filmmakers have used as a backdrop to alien worlds in Star Wars and many other films and TV programs.
It’s just a short drive from Vegas, and we can think of at least 5 reasons why you should consider visiting Death Valley!
1. Easy to Get To
If you’re in Vegas, it’s just a two-hour drive from the strip. Vegas has got plenty of fans, but it’s not for everyone. A Death Valley vacation might be more up your alley.
If you’d rather experience the great outdoors, there are many things to do in Death Valley. Activities for adventurers include hiking in the canyons and ridges – in winter, of course! Take the kids to Ballarat Ghost Town for an unforgettable history lesson!
2. Nature Lover’s Paradise
Here’s something you won’t expect in the desert – seeing it spring to life!
It’s called the Death Valley superbloom and it only happens every so often. Look out for reports of substantial winter rainfall and you could be in for a treat from February to July. Seeds that normally lay dormant wake up and blanket this arid place with spring colors!
Year-round it’s home to many species of mammals, reptiles, and birds. Head on down with your binoculars and look out for the greater roadrunner, hairy woodpecker, northern flicker, and more!
3. Awesome Accommodation
Heading into the desert does not mean leaving luxury behind. Death Valley Resort is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the dunes or exploring the mountains.
The resort is located right in Death Valley National Park. You can grab a cold beer and a hearty meal right when you need it the most. There are great leisure facilities with a heated outdoor pool and super comfy rooms.
4. Enjoy Other-Worldly Scenery
It’s no wonder that sci-fi movies have been shot in Death Valley – you feel like you’re on another planet!
You can experience majestic sand dunes, barren, cracked salt flats, and gorgeous canyons. You’ll be mesmerized by the way the light dances over these contrasting textures during the day. Experience vast, wide-open spaces with almost zero development.
Badwater Basin is well worth a visit. It’s the lowest place in the United States and you’ll be treated to salt flats with their unique hexagonal shapes. It might look dead, but the pool actually teems with animal life!
It’s the perfect place for any keen photographer to make a study of nothingness! Oh, and don’t forget the obligatory lone cactus shot. Death Valley will be more than happy to oblige.
5. Check Out Artists Palette
Think Death Valley is just yellows, browns, and whites? Think again. How about hills ‘painted’ blue, green, pink, and purple!
These natural colors occur from the metals in the rock. The effect they create is stunning and you’ll need to see it to believe it!
Visiting Death Valley: Your Next Roadtrip
Visiting Death Valley should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s like nowhere on earth, with lunar landscapes, salt flats, and natural phenomena.
It’s about so much more than heat! Find some great accommodation and visit Death Valley for some truly Instagrammable moments!
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