Here are my top 5 reasons not to visit Death Valley National Park in California, USA.
- The name ‘Death Valley’
When you tell people you are going on a holiday to Death Valley National Park, and that you are staying at Furnace Creek Resort which is next to Funeral Mountain, there is always a long and uncomfortable silence. For those who have never heard of Death Valley, the response is often a delayed awkward giggle or a sideways glance that they are not too sure if you are being serious. Often the response is ‘I will check it out on the Internet’.
- You will take a thousand photos
Death Valley is a photographer’s paradise, whether you are a professional or amateur. A visit to Death Valley will make you want to take lots and lots of photographs of the unique landscape. The colours on all the mountains are just breathtaking. There are lots of different nature walks and all with a theme. When you return home you will want to show all your photos to your family and friends.
- You will have to wake up very, very early
A trip to the Death Valley National Park will have you waking up before the crack of dawn to catch the first glimpse of the sunrise. After seeing the variety of colours on all the mountains during the day, you will be longing to see a picturesque sunrise. The early rise is soon forgotten once you see the sun rise over the mountains and take the perfect shot. My recommendation for the perfect sunrise is Dante’s View.
- Your life will never be the same
A visit to Death Valley National Park is definitely life changing. Whilst a visit to Death Valley won’t make you want to move to there, hopefully it will make you see nature in a different light. A visit to Death Valley will most likely make you want to travel more to compare the picturesque views on offer.
- You won’t be able to stop talking about your trip to Death Valley
All you will be able to do on your return home is talk about your trip to Death Valley National Park. Here is a list of places I managed to visit on my short stay in December 2015.
- Zabriskie Point – A perfect spot for a sunrise and sunset shot
- Devil’s Golf Course
- Badwater – It looks like a lake but is actually salt
- Artists Drive to see the Artists Pallette
- Dante’s View – Another perfect spot for a sunrise and sunset shot
- Golden Canyon Trail
- Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
- Stovepipe Wells Village
- Ubehebe Crater