What would your biggest road trip be? Mine would be to visit all the national parks in the country while traveling in RV rentals. So far, I’ve seen quite a few of the best national parks in the country, like Yosemite and Yellowstone, but one of my all-time favorites has been Death Valley National Park.
There aren’t many people who would be crazy about choosing from their local RV rentals to road trip to a place called “Death Valley,” but I did my research beforehand and found out that the name is much worse than the place itself.
Although you do want to exercise caution and go prepared, death valley doesn’t mean that you’ll die if you go there—obviously. To help you prepare for your trip, I’ve compiled my favorite highlights in this gorgeous national park, as well as things that you should make sure to do beforehand. Take a look.
Highlights of Death Valley National Park
I loved my experience in Death Valley National Park. Maybe it was the people that I went with or the place itself. The following are the best spots to visit in the park, in my opinion:
· Zabriskie Point-If you want to hike in the park, Zabriskie Point is a famous spot for those who want to explore the unique landscape. It’s also a great place to see the sunrise. The eroded landscape may not be like the greenery found in some of the country’s other famous national parks, but it is this unique landscape that makes Death Valley and Zabriskie Point such a great place to visit.
· Badwater Basin-It’s very hot in this area and it’s also a very famous place. Badwater Basin is the lowest point on the continent and one could say the hottest—perhaps. It’s so hot, that you want to make sure to go prepared. Because the sun reflects off of the white ground, you can only imagine the sunburns that can happen on those who don’t go prepared. With hills in the distance, it’s a captivating spot both for it’s significance and uniqueness.
· Dante’s View-The valley is very hot; there is no doubt about that. If you want to be a bit “cooler” head up on to the mountains to Dante’s View, where you will be blessed with gorgeous views of the valley and mountain range. Make sure to try to visit during the sunset or sun rise. You won’t be disappointed.
· Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes-Again, you can’t get away from the unique landscapes in the Death Valley National Park. The largest dune field in the par, you’ll have a lot of fun playing in the sand. Not only that, it will be a great spot for capturing a remarkable experience that you can remember for years to come.
Things To Do To Prepare
If you’re planning on visiting Death Valley National Park, you’re bound to have a fabulous experience. The thing is that the landscape is not as friendly as some other locations and because it’s a very hot spot, you want to make sure that you have everything you need. To ensure that it’s a safe experience, make sure to consider these tips before heading out:
· Pack plenty of water. When we say that you should pack plenty of water, we think that you should go overboard. Dehydration is one of the top reasons why people get sick hiking the Death Valley. Drink as much water as possible, even when you may not feel like it. The high temperatures are always taking water from your body, so believe me when I say, drink your water. Also, should you find yourself in an emergency, you want to make sure that you have extra water.
· Download apps that don’t need signal for sending messages. Because you won’t be able to get signal at just any spot in the park, download apps that let you send messages without it. This way, should you need to contact anyone for help during an emergency, you can do so.
· Make sure that you have everything you need before you set out. From gas to food, make sure that you are filled up. There are great distances between service places, so you don’t want to find yourself running out of gas or food in between. Also, pack plenty of sunblock, bring hats, and don’t forget to bring a first aid kit, sunglasses, ice, and any other emergency gear you may want to have should a situation warrant it.
As you consider which RV rentals are best for a road trip, also consider which national parks to visit. Death Valley National Park certainly requires preparation but it’s also one of the most unique places that you can visit in the U.S. For the adventurer who loves visiting new landscapes and places, Death Valley National Park may be the place for you.