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1. Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is the continental United States’ largest park. It’s also the hottest, driest and lowest. Despite harsh conditions, the park’s more than 3 million acres (1.3 million hectares) aren’t simply desert plains. Find mountains, canyons, sand dunes, extinct volcanic craters and even palm trees and wildflowers.
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See an American desert in this expansive, sweltering U.S. national park. Find birds, wildflowers and snow-capped mountains here as well.

2. Furnace Creek Visitor Center

The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is a useful resource and jumping-off point for exploring the surrounding Death Valley National Park. Drop in to the visitor center’s adjoining museum and learn about the region’s cultural and natural history before heading off on your adventure around the park. Join ranger-led tours, watch an informative film about the park or pick up maps and brochures so that you can plan your journey.
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Find out what Death Valley National Park has waiting for you and join ranger-led tours and programs at this fantastic facility in Furnace Creek’s resort area.

3. Badwater

Snow-white crystals of salt fill the immense pan of Badwater Basin, a crater-like salt flat in the middle of the valley. Flanked by dusky-pink mountain ranges and purple-hued ridges, Badwater Basin is a dreamlike destination. Explore the moonscape saltpan on foot for the chance to say you’ve walked across the lowest point in North America, at 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level.
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Stand on the lowest elevation in North America when you visit this spectacular salt flat beside the Black Mountains in the heart of Death Valley.

4. Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes is a spectacular natural phenomenon in the heart of Death Valley. It consists of dunes 100 feet (30 meters) high that offer unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains. Notice the ever-changing patterns carved into this sandy landscape.
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This part of Death Valley National Park is made up of an otherworldly terrain of clay, sand and the surrounding mountains.

5. Zabriskie Point

Look out across the colorful sculpted landscape at the foothills of the Black Mountains from Zabriskie Point. Enjoy the vast scene of undulating badlands, which ripple across mudhills, gullies and mountains. In the distance, notice the gleaming white expanse of saltpans in the main valley. Made famous by the Antonioni-directed film of the same name, Zabriskie Point is a dramatic introduction to Death Valley National Park when entering from the east.
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An awe-inspiring panorama of the foothills and gullies of the Black Mountains unfolds from this elevated viewpoint, where you’ll find a series of hiking trails.

6. Devil's Golf Course

The Devil’s Golf Course is a landmark site in the mystical Mojave Desert. According to the National Park Service guidebook in 1934, the surface is so rough that “only the devil could play golf” on it. Marvel at the expansive saltpan, one of the key features of Death Valley National Park and a fascinating example of the region’s otherworldly landscape.
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Clamber over the serrated surface of this enormous saltpan in Death Valley, where huge halite salt crystals have sculpted the bottom of a former lake.

7. Leadfield Ghost Town

Imagine being one of the 300 miners who streamed into Leadfield Ghost Town in 1926, expecting to make a fortune. Picture being one of them less than a year later, when the town was abandoned to the desert. It was started and promoted by Charles C. Julian, who marketed the development across California as one of the last great mines of the Death Valley mining boom. Within a few months he was escaping to Shanghai to avoid claims that he had lied to investors.
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Perched above Titus Canyon, this boom-and-bust mining town has the dubious honor of being one of the West’s most short-lived.

8. Racetrack Playa

Racetrack Playa is a remarkable dry lakebed in the heart of a remote valley. The area is renowned for its rugged beauty and eerie landscapes, hemmed in by the Cottonwood and Last Chance mountain ranges. Drive around the awe-inspiring Racetrack Valley to reach the lakebed and discover formations, such as the Grandstand. Despite its immense size, the Racetrack Playa is extremely flat, which has allowed some spooky phenomena to occur. Explore the lakebed to solve the mystery of the “sailing stones.”
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The answer to a mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades lies in this dry lakebed, which is speckled with rocks that seem to move by themselves.

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