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Things to do in Death Valley

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Death Valley. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Death Valley attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Death Valley to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Death Valley.

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  • Borax Museum at Furnace Creek Ranch

    Tour the little museum, home to the 20-mule teams that hauled the heavy mineral. More
  • Calico Ghost Town

    Pan for gold and ride the mining train. More
  • Death Valley Hiking and Biking trail

    The 1.8-mile-long Death Valley hiking and biking trail starts in the village, runs through stunning natural salt sculptures, and ends with a descen... More
  • Death Valley National Park

    Death Valley is the hottest and driest of the national parks in the U.S., and the largest in the lower 48 states. Over 800,000 visitors come annual... More
  • Mojave National Preserve

    Take a scenic drive through the Joshua Tree Forest.  Trudge up and down the preserve’s 45-square-mile Kelso Dunes—one of the largest dune fields in... More
  • Racetrack Playa

    The Mystery: People have long scratched their heads over the "Sailing Stones," which mysteriously move across the sandy playa's surface on their ow... More

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