Sasidhar and I just came back from one of the most rewarding outdoor and photography experiences of our lives in Death Valley National Park. Words and pictures can’t do justice to the beauty of this rugged landscape.
Stay tuned for the new series of the Travel Tapes, and the full trip report, but first check out why it should be considered a highlight of our beautiful country and its “Wild West”:
1.) It’s accessible and cheap
- Death Valley National Park is just around 2 hours from the extremely well connected Las Vegas McCarran Internationl Airport.
- Fares to and from Las Vegas are usually extremely reasonable. We booked our trip less than a week out and paid just $55 each way on Southwest, which includes two free checked bags!
2. Terrific Weather
Death Valley is known to be one of the driest and hottest places on Earth, but in the winter that can be a great thing. Average daily highs between December and February are in the 60s and 70s. A really quick getaway from the cold for you Northerners 🙂
3. Expansive Salt Flats, Rolling Sand Dunes, Slot Canyons, and more….
The variety of scenery Death Valley possesses is just jaw dropping. You have everything you can imagine in a dessert landscape and more. It has easily become one of our favorite destinations in the United States.
4. Starry Nights
If you look at the dark sky map of the United States, you will see that Death Valley is one of the darkest places in the lower 48. This is astonishing given it’s location between two of the brightest spots in the world: Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
5. It’s the road less travelled
Sasidhar and I had the salt flats, slot canyons, sand hills, and quite frankly most of the roads for ourselves. Standing in the middle of these expansive vistas, by yourself, is just awe inspiring and really puts things in perspective….