1. From Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour
Enjoy the scenic outdoors and rugged extremes of the western United States with a visit to Death Valley. Sample local treats and see Dante's View, Badwater Basin, and the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Begin your adventure with a pickup at your Las Vegas hotel and head out into the desert. Depending on your fellow adventurers, you may be able to request a customizable itinerary. As you drive, stop to explore the famous ghost towns of the Wild West, including Rhyolite, which came into prosperity in 1904 when gold was found. Pay a visit to the Goldwell Open Air Museum with its local oddities. Next, enter Death Valley, with a stop at Hell's Gate. Head out to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Trek through the sand where Star Wars characters once walked, then take off to Furnace Creek Visitor Center, where the highest-ever temperature was recorded. Ask the park rangers questions or pick up a souvenir. Finally, visit Badwater Basin, with the lowest elevation in North America (282 feet below sea level), Artist's Palette, and then Zabriskie Point. Snap a selfie in the 150-mile-long park, a swirl of colors in the background.