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Top Choice International in Death Valley National Park

Inn at Furnace Creek

Views of the Panamint Mountains are stellar from this formal dining room with a dress code (no shorts or T-shirts, jeans OK), where the menu draws inspiration from Continental, Southwestern and Mexican cuisine. Afte…
Museum in Death Valley National Park

Borax Museum

On the grounds of the Ranch at Furnace Creek, this museum explains what all the fuss about borax was about, with alluring samples of local borate minerals and their uses; it's in the 1883 miners' bunkhouse. Out back…
Historic Building in Death Valley National Park

Scotty's Castle

Closed due to flood damage and not likely to open for at least a few years (as of 2017), this whimsical castle is 3000ft above sea level and noticeably cooler than the valley floor. Walter E Scott, alias ‘Death Vall…
Cafe in Death Valley National Park

Café C’est Si Bon

Solar-powered internet café serving espresso, baked goods and fresh vegetarian fare.
Farm in Tecopa

China Ranch Date Farm

Just outside Tecopa, this family-run, organic date farm is a lush oasis in the middle of the blistering desert. You can go hiking or bird-watching and, of course, stock up on luscious dates or try the yummy date-nut…
American in Death Valley National Park

19th Hole Bar & Grill

On the golf course, this place has the juiciest burgers in the park. Sit on the verandah with views of the Panamint Range.
American in Death Valley National Park

49'er Cafe

The smallest of the Ranch's main restaurants, this family-friendly stop serves giant omelettes, eggs Benedict and pancakes for breakfast, plus fish and chips, sandwiches and burgers for lunch. It’s always crowded. P…
Steak in Death Valley National Park

Wrangler Restaurant

The Ranch at Furnace Creek’s main restaurant serves pretty standard but belly busting buffets at breakfast and lunchtime (when tour bus groups invade) and turns into a pricey steakhouse at night.
American in Death Valley National Park

Corkscrew Saloon

This gregarious joint has darts, draft beer and dynamite barbecue at dinner time, as well as pretty good, but pricey pizzas and pub grub such as onion rings and burgers.
American in Death Valley National Park

Panamint Springs Resort

Friendly outback cafe serving pizzas, burgers, salads, steaks and other standards. Toast the panoramic views from the front porch with one of its 100 bottled beers from around the world.