If there is one adventure that you should go on while road tripping in a motorhome rental, it should be to Death Valley National Park. It is both a beautiful destination and one that will provide you with the incredible experience that you may be looking for. To help you plan, we have compiled some of the best things to do while there and how to get there.
What to Do in Death Valley
- The stars. Oh, the stars. Many of the best pictures that you have seen of gorgeous night skies have most likely been taken at Death Valley National Park. It’s a place where wanna-be astronomers and night sky fanatics should go to get away from the bright city lights that often block our view of impressive constellations.
- A fun and rewarding hike is in order. There are a variety of spots for hiking in Death Valley. One place that attracts many a hiker is Dante’s View. It provides you with a rewarding view of Death Valley.
- Visit the ghost town of Rhyolite. How about visiting a ghost town in one of the “creepiest” national parks in the U.S.? Rhyolite is a fascinating spot. Although it only has a few buildings still standing, if you are going to visit this incredible national park in a motorhome rental, take the time to check it out and make sure to bring your camera.
- Take pictures of the unique designs at the Salt Flat. Visitors don’t always get lucky with their photographs when visiting the Salt Flat, but if the rain has left the unique patterns that it’s known for, you can be sure to get some of the most captivating shots ever. Either way, it’s sure to be a beautiful experience.
- Be impressed by the Artist’s Palette. One of the most colorful and gorgeous spots in the area, Artist’s Palette looks like it’s been painted by an artist. These amazing hills are made up of multi-colored clay formations. As one of the most unique places around, you won’t want to miss out on observing this amazing display of colors.
- Go as low as you can go in North America. Do you want to explore the lowest point of North America? We promise, it’s quite a captivating sight. Plus, who can say that they’ve been to the lowest point of the continent? Only those who visit Death Valley.
The Best Way to Get There
Located primarily in Southern California, with a part of it crossing over into Nevada, Death Valley National Park is not that difficult to get to. If you’re choosing to fly in to the area and then use a car rental to explore the park, you can arrive to the Las Vegas airport or LAX in Los Angeles. Of course, if you are one of the lucky few who own a private plane, fly right into Furnace Creek if you so wish.
Because there is no public transport in the area, you will want to make sure that you have your vehicle for arrival sorted out. If you are already planning to explore Death Valley and other natural destinations in California, why not rent an RV.
If you do, make sure to take the proper routes from your point of arrival. While many try to enter through the off-roads in the area, this is not suggested for newcomers to the area. As a rule, stay on the main highways. For example, if you’re coming into the area from Nevada, make sure to take US 95 to NV 267 west, etc. If you’re heading to the park from the south, make sure to head over to CA 127 and then off CA 178 to get to Death Valley.
Always make sure to plan your route beforehand to avoid any mishaps and to ensure that you get to your destination on time.
Death Valley is worth visiting, but be aware that while it may not exactly live up to its name, it does get quite hot. It’s hot enough for you to not want to get lost in the desert without extra water, fuel, food, and radios/phones. You may want to visit in the cooler months to avoid scorching temperatures.
As with any trip to a national park, do your research by checking out information on the park’s website. You can save yourself time and trouble by being aware of places that may be closed off or that may not be suitable for visiting during your time there.
Make sure that you pack your motorhome rental with all the essentials that will keep you healthy and happy and able to enjoy many more road trips to come. Always make sure to check the weather before visiting and enjoy exploring one of the nation’s biggest national parks.