Day Trips From Las Vegas: Death Valley

January 21, 2013

135 miles away form Las Vegas is one of the most striking natural regions the West has to offer: Death Valley. It’s name might not sound that appealing, but don’t let the ominous title mislead you. Death Valley gets its name for having the lowest elevation on the North American continent. At 280 feet below sea level, the sand dunes in Death Valley are remarkably beautiful. Enjoy the long-stretching vistas of dessert stretching out into the distance, the rising peaks and sharp concavities rippling out in all directions.

The drive is 2 hours and 19 minutes from Las Vegas to Death Valley, but the views make it all worth it. If you haven’t spent much time in the West or Southwest regions of the United States, then it’s likely you’ve never seen anything remotely like Death Valley!

Of course, the region isn’t all sand and dessert either. In the spring and summer, wildflower blooms in Death Valley transform the landscape into rolling fields of gorgeous flowers of all varieties.

Lastly, by visiting Death Valley, you can boast to your friends that you’ve visited the hottest place on earth. The highest temperature ever recorded on earth was recorded on July 10, 1913 at Furnace Creek in Death Valley. The temperature that day rose to 136ºF. Furnace Creek also holds the record for the highest overnight low temperature (107ºF).

If you love the outdoors, make sure you don’t miss Death Valley while visiting Las Vegas. If you have an extended vacation in Las Vegas, we recommend taking 2-3 days to head out to Death Valley and camp. However, unless you’re a hardcore hiker/camper, don’t plan to make an overnight trip out of it during the summer heat.

If you’re enjoying a 5-6 day stay in Las Vegas, then a full daytrip to Death Valley might be all you can manage. If so, then we encourage you to go for it; you won’t be disappointed!

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