Leave the world's greatest gambling city and go on a day trip to Death Valley National Park. Named by gold prospectors struggling through the area in 1849, this park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states. The highest temperature recorded was 134 degrees Fahrenheit! You can take the fastest route, the scenic route or the ghost town route, so the fun starts before you've even reached your destination! Death Valley is significant to United States geography because it is considered the lowest point in the contiguous U.S. at an elevation of -282 feet (-86 m). The region is also one of the hottest and driest in the country. Did you know that 900 different species of plants exist in Death Valley National Park? So grab your camera and enjoy this day trip of a lifetime.
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Old Spanish Trail
You’ll drive along the Old Spanish Trail. This is a historical trade route which connected settlements near Los Angeles (California) and those near Santa Fe (New Mexico). The route is approximately 1,900km long and, while driving it, you’ll have a varied scenic view with deep canyons, massive mountains and vast deserts alternating. People say it is one of the most laborious trade routes ever set up in the United States.
When you’ve reached Death Valley Park you can see the Funeral Mountains. Don’t be put off by the name because these mountains are really worthwhile seeing. These mountains are made of colourful limestone and the elevations range from 2,200 feet to 4,950 feet.
The Mojave Desert contains the Mojave National Preserve. This is the lowest and hottest place in North America. During the summer the temperature often surpasses 49 degrees Celsius and it receives less than 330mm of rain a year. On your way, you’ll pass by the Joshua trees - these are considered as an indicator for this desert.
Rhyolite (only on the ghost town route)
This ghost town is found just outside of Beatty. The town used to have a population of 10,000 citizens, but these days there is no one left. Back in 1907 the town had electricity and a bank which cost $90,000 to build. Now there is just one building still standing.