Death Valley, California/Nevada
Not all things in Death Valley are actually dead. In fact, at the end of April, this 140-mile-long landscape located just below sea level welcomed one of the most vibrant wildflower seasons in the last decade. Despite its morose name, Death Valley contains a surprising amount of life, including big horn sheep, mountain lions and a colorful array of butterfly species. Book a long-weekend at Furnace Creek, the historic, privately-owned, four-diamond, 66-room inn right inside the largest national park in the continental US. The Furnace Creek Inn offers a magnificent oasis in this extraordinary desert, complete with breezy palm trees and a natural spring-fed pool, plus the lowest golf course on earth at The Ranch at Furnace Creek (the more casual, family-friendly sister resort) just down the road.
>>$449 per night at the Inn (or $239 at The Ranch) with a minimum two-night stay, includes an “America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass” (worth $80). Farabee’s Jeep Rentals offers 20 percent off one-day jeep rentals and tours to guests (available til May 31). Best time to visit: October through May (furnacecreekresort.com; use promo code “FYP” at checkout).Back to top