Yosemite to Death Valley
Drive Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes | Distance: 305 miles
Take Highway 395 to Death Valley and you won't be sorry: the scenery en-route is truly spectacular (be sure to stop at Alabama Hills – movie-makers have been filming here for years thanks to its remarkable display of crazy rock formations courtesy of Mother Nature).
Death Valley is no Disneyland, but it's a magical kingdom all of its own. It's the largest national park outside of Alaska at 3.3 million acres – home to mountainous sand dunes, mysterious singing rocks, colourful sandstone canyons and bizzarely-shaped Joshua Trees – where extremes are the norm: from its climate (it's the hottest, driest place in the States, with summer temperatures that are, quite simply, scorching, and an average rainfall of just 2cm each year), to its elevations (its lowest spot Badwater Basin, sits at 282 feet below sea level, while its highest point, Telescope Peak, soars to an impressive 11,049 feet).
Stay: The Inn at Death Valley (1 night)
The Inn at Death Valley
It’s hard to imagine improving on magic. But after an extensive, multi-million dollar renaissance, The Inn remains top of the charts for experiencing Death Valley's stellar stargazing and wondrous desolation.
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