Region Overviews: California Travel Guide: Overview
Take some time to explore California, and you'll understand why visitors from all over the world flock here.
The names are ominous. Death Valley. Badwater. Furnace Creek. Yet there's striking beauty. The rippling sand dunes. Colorful mountains. Plants and animals thriving amid topographic extremes. Now you're one of them. Savoring the views. Tackling the rides. And basking in the sun. With nothing but good omens in sight.
THIS ITINERARY: 4 days, 3 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Start/End Las Vegas
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
DAY 1 Bike across the giant Salt Playa to the lowest point in the United States and see if you feel any different at 282 feet below sea level | Desert illusions of water might just mesmerize you | Kick back at the Inn at Death Valley, a natural oasis where 50 freshwater springs provide water for drinking, showers, irrigation and even the swimming pool.
DAY 2 Have a look around the Death Valley National Park Visitor Center to learn about the natural wonders you’ll experience during your trip | Delight in the peacefulness of the desert as you set off, marveling at sights both grand and intimate—from immense sand dunes to salt-tolerant pickleweed | Hop off your bike and walk into the dunes at Mesquite Flat, where you'll feel the vastness of the park.
DAY 3 Pay a visit to the ghost town of Rhyolite, a once-prosperous town site teeming with prospectors | Bike through Daylight Pass to reach the highest point on our trip | Cycle down the valley with views of the Panamint Mountains and sand dunes in the distance | Sip a cool drink as you watch the sun set from the hotel's terrace.
DAY 4 Ascend to Zabriskie Point, the park's most celebrated vista | Take in the badlands' yellow sandstone and ancient lava flows in the Black Mountains to the south | Hike through out-of-this-world rock formations resembling Neapolitan ice cream | Explore Golden Canyon, a slot canyon that you may recognize from the original Star Wars films.
Nestled at the foot of the Funeral Mountains, this historic and recently renovated Mission-style hotel sits almost 200 feet below sea level. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Death Valley is a land of extremes. At times, weather conditions (like high winds or even the occasional rain storm) may warrant unexpected changes to our itinerary. In this event, alternate activities will be planned that you're sure to enjoy.
The Inn at Death Valley received a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2018. It is a grand historical treasure and by far the best place to stay in the Death Valley area. While its location within Death Valley National Park makes it an ideal base for exploring the valley's many sights, it is also subject to park regulations and oversight. Similar to many national park lodges, service at the Inn at Death Valley can seem slow and casual compared to the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips.