By Deb Flomberg
Looking for some new spots to enjoy a scenic drive in California? One of the most spectacular drives is the Death Valley Scenic Byway, which is located about 45 minutes southeast of Los Angeles. Once you are there, you can enjoy a shorter drive, or you could easily spend a full day driving and enjoying the amazing scenery that surrounds you.
The Death Valley Scenic Byway is home to the lowest point and the hottest place in North America, and you’ll find a huge variety of rare desert wildlife, historic and cultural sites, as well as expansive and spectacular vistas and scenery. Along the drive, you’ll find lots of places to stop, take some photos and stretch your legs. Consider the Artist’s Drive, which is a canyon that has some tight corners and big dips with an amazingly beautiful canyon to see – the Artist’s Palette. Or visit Badwater, which is 282 feet below sea level and the lowest elevation points in the United States.
One of the great places to stop and stretch your legs is the Borax Museum, which is located in the oldest house in Death Valley. This museum is a great place to explore the history of Death Valley, with lots of artifacts from the tribes that lived in the harsh climate. You’ll also find a lot about the nature of the area with some great displays and geological collections.
For some of the best photo ops, then stop at Dante’s View, which has both the lowest point and the highest point of Death Valley in one sweeping panorama. The difference between the two points is 11,329 feet, making for some spectacular scenery and amazing photographs. Or you can stop for a visit at the Rhylite Ghost Town, which was originally a popular mining town in 1904. At it’s height, it had a school, electric plants, shops, and a hospital. However, today it sits as an empty ghostly reminder of the days of the past. You can see some of the walls of the original bank, as well as part of the jail. Plus the Bottle House, which was restored by Paramount Pictures in 1925.
For a scenic drive like this, it is important that you cruise in comfort. And the kind of comfort that you can get in the SL63 AMG Roadster from Mercedes-Benz of Encino is perfect for this drive. You can keep the top up to keep the air conditioning in, or put the top down and enjoy the breeze as you enjoy the opulent scenery of the Death Valley Scenic Byway.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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