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The Hottest Place on Earth! ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿ”ฅโ˜€๏ธ Death Valley National Park: California

๐ŸŒต Explore the breathtaking beauty of Death Valley National Park on a one-day adventure! ๐Ÿš— Discover must-see places and maximize your short trip with these tips. Keep reading for an unforgettable experience! ๐Ÿœ๏ธ #mustseeplacesindeathvalleynatioanlpark #top5placestosee #DeathValley #TravelAdventure #California


Get ready for ๐Ÿ”ฅ Death Valley, where it's not just hot; it's the hottest on Earth.โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒ It's not just low; it's ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿšฉthe lowest point in North America. And if you're thinking dry, it's ๐Ÿฅดthe driest spot in the entire United States. Buckle up for a drive that stretches almost 5 hours, revealing a landscape that's a rollercoaster of extremes. And here's the kicker โ€“ ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒตit's also the biggest National Park in the U.S. (excluding Alaska). In Death Valley, nature doesn't just speak; it shouts in superlatives! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿž๏ธ #DeathValley #NatureExtreme



Did You Know?


๐ŸŽฅ Star Wars scenes filmed here!

๐Ÿ”ฅ Recorded Earth's highest temp: 134ยฐF (57ยฐC) in 1913!

๐ŸŒž Hottest, driest, and lowest in the US!

๐Ÿ˜ฎ Death Valley got its spooky name because pioneers thought they'd all die there!

โฌ‡๏ธ Badwater Basin is 282 ft below sea level.

โ˜” Gets < 2 inches of rain due to mountains blocking Pacific Ocean rain.

๐Ÿž๏ธ Largest US park (outside Alaska), 5th largest overall: 3.4 million acres.

๐Ÿ“† In 2022, 1.1 million people visited Death Valley National Park.



๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ‘พAre you a Star Wars Fan? Ready for a Tatooine adventure?


๐Ÿš—๐ŸŒต Star Wars filmed cool scenes here for Episode IV - A New Hope and Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. ๐Ÿ“ฑ Download the free NPS App for a guided tour! ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Listen to cool stories while driving through Star Wars spots in Death Valley.



๐ŸŒ… Imagine yourself in the movie! ๐ŸŽฅ It's like being in a Star Wars story, but it's real! So, let's go! ๐ŸŒŒโœจ #DeathValleyAdventure #StarWarsMagic


How to Go There?


For an epic journey and to snag the cheapest airfare โœˆ๏ธ Fly to Vegas, ย and set the stage for a road trip of a lifetime to #deathvalleynationalpark. ๐Ÿš™๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธRent a car, cruise the desert highways, and arrive at the park in just 2 hours.โŒ›๐Ÿ•œ


Do you know what is Death Valley's Most Unexpected Danger?



๐Ÿ”ฅ Death Valley, the world's hottest spot, has a surprising danger: ๐Ÿš—motor vehicle crashes, not heat! ๐ŸŒž 41 deaths in 10 years, mostly on CA 190. ๐ŸŒต Stay safe on those roadsโ€”it's as challenging as the heat! ๐Ÿšฆ


When is the Best Time to Visit?


๐Ÿ”ฅ Climate-driven heat caused 9 deaths in US parks in 2023 exceeding summer averages. ๐Ÿ˜“ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Tragedies unfolded in Death Valley, Big Bend, and Grand Canyon due to 100ยฐF+ temps. ๐ŸŒก๏ธ Be safe, it is not a joke! ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒ



No doubt, you should visit there in colder months, November last week to February Last Week would be your best shot!

What to See in Death Valley National Park?


There are 50 to 60 points where you can go inside the park, but, hey you are not going to spend a month there! ๐ŸŒ„ So I'll recommend the top 5 picks from my three visits to Death Valley! ๐Ÿœ๏ธ Make the most of your time with these must-see spots!



From Vegas, if you are heading towards the national park then the first stopover can be the General Store at Stovepipe Wells. This is the only facility nearby!



๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Plan your journey strategically by following my sequential map to make the most of your time. ๐Ÿš— #SmartTravel #OptimizedAdventure.


If you have only One Day go to these 5 Spots

1. Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ๐ŸŒตย 

For the most magical experience, plan your visit during the early morning or late afternoon. ๐ŸŒ… The interplay of sunlight and shadows adds a mystical touch to the dunes, creating a spellbinding landscape. ๐Ÿœ๏ธโœจ



These two photos are taken at sunset with a cloudy sky!



๐Ÿœ๏ธ Mesquite Sand Dunes has no official trails in the sandy area. ๐Ÿฅพ But a short 10-15 minute walk from the parking is good enough to get the view!



๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ Looking for adventure? Sandboarding is pretty popular in this area! ๐Ÿœ๏ธ Strap on a board and ride the dunes for an exhilarating experience! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‚ #SandboardingThrills

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It is the ONLY spot in Death Valley where sandboarding is allowed! ๐ŸŒตย ๐Ÿšซ No sandboarding rentals in the park, so remember to bring your own ๐Ÿ‚


Be careful because it gets really hot, and hiking after 10 AM is not recommended. This daytime picture credit goes to my friend Rezoana Mithun, always inspired by her energy! Remember to drink water, be respectful of nature, and hike safely! ๐ŸŒž #StaySafeHiking



Match the dates and ๐ŸŒ• plan to stay overnight to catch the full moon at the sand dunes! ๐ŸŒ™ The experience is truly breathtaking! โœจ Don't miss the magic of Mesquite Sand Dunes under the moonlight. ๐Ÿœ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ #MoonlitDunesAdventure


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๐ŸฆŽ ๐ŸWildlife Alert! Mesquite Dunes hosts diverse desert creaturesโ€”keep an eye out for tracks, including rattlesnakes, sidewinders, and beetle imprints. ๐ŸŒต๐Ÿพ #DesertWildlifethere

โ›บ๏ธBonus Tips: Car Camping ๐Ÿš—


โ›บ๏ธ Try something special - Car Camping Beneath the Desert Stars! It was the most unforgettable experience in all of my Death Valley Trips ๐Ÿš—during my third visit, under the new moon!



๐ŸŒŸ Guess what I found at the general store? An option for car camping right behind it! โœจ๐Ÿ’ฒPay 15$ at the station, pick your spot, and enjoy the millions of stars above. ๐ŸŒŒ The quiet desert night, distant coyotes, and cool breeze make it a memorable experience.๐Ÿœ๏ธ #ConvenientCamping #StarryNightCamping



๐ŸœOur dinner at the car camp? Cup noodles from the general store! ๐Ÿš—๐ŸŒŒ Don't worry; there are restroom facilities too for added convenience. A cozy night under the stars with a warm mealโ€”simple pleasures in the heart of Death Valley. ๐Ÿœ๏ธโœจ

2. Zabriskie Point ๐ŸŒ…


If I have to choose just one point, I would say must see Zabriskie Point. Beyond being a must-see, Zabriskie Point is a canvas waiting for your lens, as it is the most photographed place in this national park!



From Sand Dunes drive to Furnace Creek Visitor Center, on the way a quick stopover can be at Harmony Borax, where the iconic "20-mule teams" once hauled processed "BORAX named as White Gold of the desert" to market. ๐ŸŒต๐Ÿด Explore the history of this vital operation that played a key role in the region's development. ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ #HistoricBoraxPlant



๐Ÿ“ Only 5 minutes' drive from Furnace Creek Visitor Center is the Zabriskie Point! ๐Ÿš— Arrive early! Parking fills up fast! โฐIt is a short 10-minute uphill walk from the parking lot to the viewpoint.


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๐ŸŒžIt is the best place to see Sunrise and Sunset at the park! ๐ŸŒ… Also your photo will get the softer light during these two times. ๐Ÿ“ธ If you are there during noon, be mindful that โ›… Harsh daytime light can overexpose your photo!


The above photo is taken during sunrise, and the next one is during sunset!


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From this viewpoint, you can see the astonishing view of these layered badlands! ๐ŸŒ„ Can you believe- these yellow and brown-striped hills are made of Borax, formed by the force of water! ๐Ÿ‘€๐ŸŒŠ



If you want to get close to the #zebriskie mountains, there is a hiking trail that leads you through the multilayer vibrant #mountains below.



๐Ÿฅพ Hiking options:


๐Ÿœ๏ธ Red Cathedral Trail:

- ๐Ÿ“ 0.6 miles from Golden Canyon, 3 miles round trip

- โฌ†๏ธ 574 ft elevation gain

- ๐Ÿž๏ธ Features a small slot canyon and panoramic views.


๐ŸŒ„ Golden Canyon:

- ๐Ÿ“ 0.8 miles, moderate difficulty

- โฌ†๏ธ 118 ft elevation gain

- ๐Ÿชจ Rocky terrain, famous Star Wars filming location!

๐Ÿฅพ Gower Gulch or Badlands Loop Trail:

- ๐Ÿ“ 4.2 miles round trip, moderate difficulty

- โฌ†๏ธ 715 ft elevation gain

- ๐Ÿ”„ Knock them all out with the loop trail!


๐Ÿš— If you've got some extra time, make a swift stop at Twenty Mule Team Canyon! ๐Ÿœ๏ธ๐Ÿš— #QuickAdventure #ExploreMore


3. Dante's View ย ๐Ÿœ๏ธ


๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ To reach Dante's View, head east from Zabriskie Point on Highway 190, following a 16-mile paved road.



Remember, vehicles must be under 25 feet for the last part (Artist Drive Loop) of this scenic drive. Dante's View, about 5,500 feet above Badwater Basin, is easily accessible by car. ๐ŸŒ„



๐Ÿž๏ธ A short 5-minute walk from the parking area treats you to breathtaking panoramas of Badwater Basin and Devil's Golf Course. Perfect for sunset, but any time of day offers fantastic views. ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ”๏ธ



๐ŸŒŒ As part of the International Dark Sky Park, Dante's View provides a celestial display. ๐ŸŒ 


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๐Ÿงฅ Don't forget to pack warm layers for sunrise or sunset; the elevated spot can get breezy. The temperature drops at least 10 degrees due to the higher elevation! ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿž๏ธDuring my first I was not prepared at all!


4. Badwater Basin ๐Ÿž๏ธ


Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level and it is also the largest protected salt flats globally! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ



At the lowest point in the USA!



The hexagonal-patterned salt crystals and the distant cliffs of the Black Mountains make the Badwater Basin Salt Flats an absolute must-see in Death Valley. ๐Ÿœ๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ



๐Ÿง Ever wonder why it's called Badwater? A traveler's mule refused to drink the salty water, giving the area its name. Funny Right!



๐Ÿšถ From the parking lot, follow the boardwalk and a flat path for a quick 15-minute stroll to witness the stunning 360-degree view of the vast salt flats at Badwater Basin. ๐Ÿž๏ธโœจ #SaltFlatSpectacle

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Points to be noted: Arrive early to secure parking. There are 2 vault toilets at the lot. Hiking is not advised past 10 am in summer. No pets are allowed.


๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธHow did it form? The salt flats formed from the evaporation of a once-mineral-rich lake. Ongoing mineral deposits from Death Valley's drainage system continue this fascinating process. ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿง‚



๐ŸŒŒ Badwater Basin, with around 200 square miles of salt flats, can offer a fascinating post-rain experience. The area can transform into a mirror-like surface, reflecting the water off the salt crystals! Was not lucky enough to see this phenomenon! ๐ŸŒง๏ธ๐Ÿž๏ธ



๐ŸŒ… For the best views, a flat 1-mile walk is worth it. Sunset or sunrise photography is a must, capturing the unique beauty of the salt flats! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒ„

5. Artist's Drive๐Ÿš—


๐Ÿš˜Drive along the nine-mile stretch of road through the mountains known as "Artists Drive" to reach the unique #ArtistPalette. ๐ŸŽจ Witness vibrant color formations caused by metal oxidation in this region. ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ #ColorfulMountains



๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Drive Tips:

๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธArtists Drive is a one-way, nine-mile paved loop.

๐Ÿšš Accessible to vehicles under 25 feet.

๐ŸŒ… Late afternoon drives offer the best colors.



๐ŸŒ‹ Why there are vibrant colors on the mountain?ย Artist's Palette formed during severe volcanic explosions, with volcanic debris undergoing chemical changes over the years. Iron compounds oxidized, producing the stunning colors we witness today. Nature's unique masterpiece! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿž๏ธ



๐ŸŽจ Artist's Palette Vista Point is a popular and designated viewpoint along Artist's Drive offering a stunning overlook of the colorful hills. ๐ŸŒ„ To capture the best view, climb to the mountain top using several short hikes. ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐Ÿš— #ArtistsPaletteMagic



๐Ÿš— As it is a popular spot, you might have to wait as much as 30 minutes to secure parking at Artist's Palette Vista Point. Keep this in mind! ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ๐ŸŒ„



Your Death Valley itinerary should be:

๐ŸŒ… Sunset at Sand Dunes,

๐Ÿš— Night stay at Car Camp,

๐ŸŒ„ Sunrise at Zabriskie Point,

โ˜€๏ธ Noon at Dante's View,

๐ŸŽจ Afternoon on Artist's Drive, and

๐ŸŒ‡ Sunset at Badwater Basin.


๐Ÿ“šโœจI wrote this article by combining my experiences from three separate visits to Death Valley National Park and over 30+ hours of research. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿž๏ธThis optimized plan and sequence guarantee you to witness key attractions seamlessly in the perfect order for an unforgettable Death Valley experience.๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿš— If you like this blog, don't forget to share this with your friends and family. Get ready for your Death Valley Adventure, Happy Exploring with Haque's EYE!



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