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Death Valley National Park

(4.2/5 based on 11,000+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: nature, sightseeing, scenic drive

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park. This below-sea-level basin is perhaps best known as the hottest place in the U.S., but the park also contains vast salt flats, high sand dunes, deep canyons, and towering peaks that catch snow in the winter. At 13,650 sq km (5,270 sq mi), Death Valley is the largest national park in the continental U.S., and its elevation of 86 m (282 ft) below sea level makes the park's Badwater Basin the second lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. State Route 190 passes through the park, delivering easy access by car; numerous other paved roads offer opportunity for further exploration. Adventure-seekers can explore the park by hiking, backpacking, or mountain biking. In the summer months temperatures can average 46.1 C (115 F), so be prepared by having plenty of water on hand, even if you plan to just drive through. Use our United States trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Death Valley National Park and any other destinations in United States that take your fancy.
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Death Valley National Park provides numerous developed campgrounds where you can pitch a tent. Some of these are free, and some are open year-round, while others only offer camping in the cooler, non-summer months. There are a few privately owned and operated lodges and inns in the park, most of which feature rustic accommodations. With its upscale lodging, the Furnace Creek Inn stands as an exception. The town of Beatty, on the Nevada side of the park, offers a few basic inns and motels and a couple of casinos. On the California side, Randsburg sits farther away from the park's popular Furnace Creek area, but the town offers numerous economy motels and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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