Death Valley National Park

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Next stop, Death Valley NP.

California, here we come!

Why is it called Death Valley?

“Death Valley was given its forbidding name by a group of pioneers lost here in the winter of 1849-1850. Even though, as far as we know, only one of the group died here, they all assumed that this valley would be their grave. They were rescued by two of their young men, William Lewis Manly and John Rogers, who had learned to be scouts. As the party climbed out of the valley over the Panamint Mountains, one of the men turned, looked back, and said “goodbye, Death Valley.” This name, and the story of The Lost ’49ers have become part of our western history.”

We drove from Grand Canyon to one of inn 40 minutes outside Death Valley, there’s also casino too inside that inn (absolutely, the inn still in Nevada).

So the next morning, we visited Death Valley, the weather is totally different than the places before, Zion and Grand Canyon, here is warm, we don’t need to wear jacket at all! We stopped in a couple of places, like Dante’s View, Zabriskie Point, Devil Gold Course and the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin, 282 ft below sea level.

There’s still a few places in Death Valley that I need to visit if I have a chance to back there again (I wish).


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