The first time I drove through Death Valley, I totally understood what the name was all about. My journey on California State Route 190 was rather routine at first — full of the same old desert scenery you’d expect outside Las Vegas. Then it suddenly became strikingly beautiful with colorful, rolling sandstone formations with crystallized minerals that sparkled in the sun. Mile by mile, the temperature gauge continuously increased as the elevation decreased.
No matter when you visit, the area is always compelling for a weekend getaway – either from Nevada or California. Covering more than 3 million acres, the largest national park is a captivating attraction for those with an appreciation for nature, the heat of the sun, and fascinating landscapes. The wild swings between tall mountain peaks and low valleys represent Death Valley’s depth and diversity. It’s not a typical tourist destination — and it doesn’t have the wide array of resorts found a few hours away in Las Vegas — but if you choose to spend the night, there are a few enticing Death Valley hotels worthy of your attention: