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Top Choice National Park in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

The very name evokes all that is harsh, hot and hellish – a punishing, barren and lifeless place of Old Testament severity. This is a land of superlatives: it's the hottest, driest and lowest national park in the US…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Death Valley National Park

Dante's View

At 5475ft, the view of the entire southern Death Valley basin from the top of the Black Mountains is absolutely brilliant, especially at sunrise or sunset. On very clear days, you can simultaneously see the highest …
Top Choice Natural Feature in Death Valley National Park

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

The most accessible dunes in Death Valley are an undulating sea of sand rising up to 100ft high next to the highway near Stovepipe Wells Village. They're at their most photogenic at sunrise or sunset when bathed in …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Death Valley National Park

Zabriskie Point

Early morning is the best time to visit Zabriskie Point for spectacular views across golden badlands eroded into waves, pleats and gullies. It was named for a manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company and also insp…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Tecopa

Death Valley Brewing

This craft brewery in the middle of nowhere is not a mirage but the pint-sized operation of artists and brewer Jon Zellhoefer in a restored railroad tie house. He usually has nine to 12 small-batch cold ones on tap,…
Top Choice International in Death Valley National Park

Inn Dining Room

This formal restaurant delivers continental cuisine with stellar views of the Panamint Mountains. For a more chilled ambience, enjoy breakfast, lunch or cocktails on the patio. Reservations are key for dinner when a…
Historic Building in Death Valley National Park

Scotty's Castle

Closed due to flood damage and not likely to reopen until at least 2019, this whimsical castle was the desert home of Walter E Scott, alias ‘Death Valley Scotty,’ a quintessential tall-tale teller who captivated peo…
Viewpoint in Death Valley National Park

Aguereberry Point

Named for a lucky French miner who struck gold at the nearby Eureka Mine, Aguereberry Point sits at a lofty 6433ft above the desert floor and delivers fantastic views into the valley and out to the colorful Funeral …
Cafe in Death Valley National Park

Amargosa Opera House Cafe

This charmer in the middle of nowhere gets you ready for a day in Death Valley with hearty breakfasts or healthy sandwiches, but truly shows off its farm-to-table stripes at dinnertime on Saturdays. Combine with a t…
Historic Building in Death Valley National Park

Amargosa Opera House

An opera house in the middle of nowhere? Yes, thanks to the vision of New York dancer Marta Beckett who fell in love with the 1920s colonnaded adobe building when her car broke down nearby in 1967. For decades she e…