About two drive hours from Vegas is Death Valley National Park. We entered from the east and went to Furnace Creek Visitor Center to pay fees and get a map. The thermometer outside confirmed it was pretty hot.
Following the visitor centre stop we drove to Badwater Basin which is 282 feet below sea level. As well as being low, it’s hot. And dry. And salty.
We left the park to the West. Our next destination at Sequoia National Park was only about 100 miles as the crow flies. Unfortunately Mount Whitney and the southern Sierra Nevada range were in the way and that meant we still had 6 hours to drive.
The following day we’d be in the land of giant trees.