Summer is upon us, so what better time for one epic road trip?
The classic Nevada road trip starts in the bustling metropolitan of Vegas and finishes in the one and only Death Valley. The drive ranges from 110 to 135 miles, which you could reach in under 2 hours and a half. To enjoy this trip to its fullest potential, we recommend hitting the road relatively early. If you leave by 7 am, you should arrive at Death Valley by around 9:30 am. However, there are some beautiful and historic spots along the way as well! This road trip has just about everything any adventurous person could want.
On your way to Death Valley, you will pass the city of Pahrump. Pahrump is a town of about 37,298. You’ll find Sanders Family Winery where you can arrange a tasting, andPahrump Valley Roasters has world-class coffee to enjoy.
Rhyolite Ghost Town
Rhyolite is one of the West’s best ghost towns! It was only active for around ten years as a bustling mining town. The bottle house is the best-preserved house in the whole town. As its name suggests, it is made from beer bottles! Cheers! In 1925 Paramount Pictures restored the house to use it in a film, The Air Mail, a silent drama. In the 1930s, the Bottle House opened for tourist tours and there began the town’s life as a ghost town destination!
Beatty Nevada, is a thriving town with a rich history. In the 90s, three local women decided their town should display its history, so the museum was born! The Beatty Museum and Historical Society celebrates the town’s rich history as a mining town.
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park got its ominous name from way back in the gold rush. Back when pioneers packed up their wagons and headed off west for a brighter tomorrow. Death Valley is pretty extreme… like the lowest, hottest and driest point in North America kind of extreme. Back in 1913, it broke the world record with a temperature of 134 °F. And at 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is the lowest place in North America! The park’s newspaper has important updates and information for your visit.
Artist’s Palette is the highlight of Artist’s Drive. A beautiful drive through canyons and more! There you will see beautifully painted mountains! These rich colors range from greens to purples and are produced by the oxidation of metals and elements.
At 282 feet below sea level, welcome to the lowest point in North America! This area is made up of salt flats that form unique hexagon shapes on the ground and span out for miles. This alone is worth the trip to this fantastic national park! Just remember to stay hydrated!
Devil’s Golf Course
Devil’s Golf Course is a 15 drive away from Badwater Basin. It makes for quite a bumpy ride! The views are amazing as this terrain is genuinely unique.
Zabriskie Point is the perfect spot to watch the iconic Death Valley Sunsets and Sun Rise. You can marvel at the badlands below and the beautiful yellows and rich browns cascading through its hills from this elevated vista.
Dessert wildflowers are as unique as they are beautiful. During springtime, they bloom and draw large crowds to the park. However, every ten years, super blooms occur, which is truly breathtaking. The golden hues of the Dessert Golds and Marigolds are a sight to see.