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Old 07-16-2016, 09:44 AM   #1  
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Anyone have any suggestions for two days in Death Valley? I'm going in August during a Burbank layover, so I'm not looking for anything too ambitious. Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Anyone have any suggestions for two days in Death Valley? I'm going in August during a Burbank layover, so I'm not looking for anything too ambitious. Thanks in advance for any advice.
Flying into Furnace Creek airport is somewhat fun/interesting, although the route from the LA area is circuitous as you will need to avoid a large area of restricted/military airspace. Once in the valley, I believe you can still fly around within it, and it's pretty awesome to experience at relatively low level. At times the Owens Valley route (Western arrival, basically following Hwy 395) can be a very bumpy ride with significant turbulence. If you plan to travel by car, make absolutely certain your vehicle is fit for the trip. At this time of year I would virtually guarantee you won't be doing anything too ambitious! However just seeing the area is pretty cool. Bring lots of water with you, not just a water bottle or two, lots of water! Also bring along some food in case you break down. As far as what to do, there is plenty of info online concerning local attractions such as Scotty's Castle and some others. If driving, watch your speed on 395, the Cops are famous for speeding tickets, especially around Lone Pine. Have fun, It's definitely something for your bucket list...
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Flying into Furnace Creek airport is somewhat fun/interesting, although the route from the LA area is circuitous as you will need to avoid a large area of restricted/military airspace. Once in the valley, I believe you can still fly around within it, and it's pretty awesome to experience at relatively low level. At times the Owens Valley route (Western arrival, basically following Hwy 395) can be a very bumpy ride with significant turbulence. If you plan to travel by car, make absolutely certain your vehicle is fit for the trip. At this time of year I would virtually guarantee you won't be doing anything too ambitious! However just seeing the area is pretty cool. Bring lots of water with you, not just a water bottle or two, lots of water! Also bring along some food in case you break down. As far as what to do, there is plenty of info online concerning local attractions such as Scotty's Castle and some others. If driving, watch your speed on 395, the Cops are famous for speeding tickets, especially around Lone Pine. Have fun, It's definitely something for your bucket list...
Thanks so much for the great info Yoda2! I'm definitely looking forward to the trip. Take care out there and thanks again for responding.
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Anyone have any suggestions for two days in Death Valley? I'm going in August during a Burbank layover, so I'm not looking for anything too ambitious. Thanks in advance for any advice.
You're flying to Death Valley, or driving?

August is probably the worst time to go; it's at its hottest.

I just flew through a couple of days ago.

You can stay at Furnace Creek, and supplies are available there and Stovepipe Wells. If you're driving, make sure people know where you are at all times and make a regular check-ins. Carry far more water than you think you'll need, for you and for your vehicle. Take a hat.

It's named Death Valley for a reason. It's not a touristy reason.

If you're flying, take your own tie down straps.
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