Death Valley National Park & Eastern Sierra Nevada 5 - 7 Day Experience
If you seek diversity and extremes, the Death Valley National Park and Eastern Sierra Nevada is your choice.
Nearly a three mile relief occurs from -282’ below sea level at Badwater basin in Death Valley National Park to the 14,505’ peak of Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada Range.
These elevations represent the lowest and highest points in California and in the Continental United States, and are 85 miles apart as the crow flies.
- Death Valley National Park
- Mount Whitney
- Mono Lake
- Bodie State Park
Arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada from your gateway city. While spending a few days adjusting to time zone changes, enjoy premiere shows and fine dining in the entertainment capitol of the world. Experience the lights of Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street.
Day 1. Experience the hottest place on the planet; the lowest point on the continent; the driest place in the Mojave Desert; and the largest National Park in the continental United States.
Day 2. Drive to Mount Whitney, the highest elevation in the Continental United States. Hike in the cool alpine forest. The Alabama Hills, in the Eastern Sierra, provided the background setting for many western movies and television productions.
Day 3. Step back in time to late 19th C. The discovery of gold in the Eastern Sierra brought gold seekers to a small mining camp, later to be called Bodie. Bodie State Historic Park preserves more than 100 structures in this ghost town. Bodie is designated a National Historic Site.
Day 4. Photograph limestone tufas in the desert Mono Lake, where salinity is 2 1/2 times greater than ocean water. Visit Mammoth Mountain and the highest ski area in California. Be intrigued at Devil’s Postpile National Monument, where slow cooling lava formed vertical columns up to 60 feet in length.
Day 5. Visit Manzanar National Historic Site, where thousands of Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Listed on the Register of National Historic Places and other national and state registers.
Day 6. Death Valley National Park has salt pans, sand dunes, volcanic deposits, mountains and canyons.
Additional Options – California: Bodie State Park, Death Valley National Park, Manzanar National Historic Site, Mono Lake, Mammoth Mountain, Yosemite National Park.