THE BEST WAY TO DEATH VALLEY
Death Valley is about 295 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 120 miles from Las Vegas. Good directions can be found at the Furnace Creek Resort website, http://www.furnacecreekresort.com/directions-533.html.
There are three main places to stay in the park: the Furnace Creek Resort's Inn at Furnace Creek and Ranch at Furnace Creek, and Stovepipe Wells Village. All three have swimming pools, restaurants, gift shops, general stores and a range of activities. For Furnace Creek Inn or Ranch, (800) 236-7916, http://www.xanterra.com. Rates from $130. For Stovepipe Wells, (760) 786-2387, http://www.escapetodeathvalley.com. Doubles from $101.
There are nine campgrounds in the park, but not all are open all year. Call (877) 444-6777 or go to http://www.recreation.gov.
TO LEARN MORE
National Park Service, http://www.nps.gov/deva. We strongly urge checking out this park service website for weather and other visitor information, and always carry extra water in your car and on any hikes.