Devil’s Golf Course
I reached the park at 11 pm after a 40 minute drive from my motel in Beatty and it was already 112 degrees! First stop: Devil’s Golf Course, an assemblage of crystalline salt shapes. For me, this was the most impressive and beautiful part of Death Valley.
Afterwards I drove to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. It’s located right in the heart of the park and is absolutely worth a visit. I decided to go for a walk and right there, at that moment I got why they call it DEATH Valley. The heat is unbearable. I thought I was about to faint. So if I can give you some advice: don’t walk too far because the end seems closer than it actually is, take water with you and protect your head or your brains will cook. Nevertheless, this place is awesome and more beautiful than I’d expected.
Next I drove down Artist Dive, a beautiful route that takes you through canyons and passes by the colorful Artists Pallette. The rocks color green, red, orange, yellow, and everything in between. The drive is 9 miles and has a lot of dips which is pretty much fun! And believe me when I say that in real life it’s a thousand times more beautiful and impressive than on the pictures.
Dante’s View – Las Vegas
If you still have some time left, go to Dante’s View. This viewpoint gives you a great view over the park. Visiting this point and coming back will take you about 2 hours. I skipped it because Las Vegas was calling. I really loved Death Valley and wish I could have stayed there longer! But when 2,5 hours later I drove on the Vegas Strip those sad feelings disappeared. All I could say was literally ‘WAAAAW’ and I kept repeating it for 2 miles till I reached my stunning hotel, Excalibur.