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Road Trip Through Death Valley and the Mojave

On California’s Highway 190 in the Mojave Desert,

Photo: Noah Webb

On a drive through the Mojave and Death Valley, T+L discovers abandoned mining towns, strange wildflowers, and canyons that change colors in an instant. Read the article

Destinations: Death Valley · Nipton · Yermo · Baker · Rhyolite

Inspired by: Driving California's Mojave Desert and Death Valley — by Jim Atkinson, Published Feb. 2010

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    Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort

    The stucco buildings with orange tiled roofs have been recently updated and are set around a lush garden of date and fan palms near a warm-spring-f

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    Mad Greek Restaurant

    Watch for the exuberantly tacky billboards for the Mad Greek. The silly Greek restaurant is surrounded by plaster statues, but the draws are its de

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    Goldwell Open Air Museum

    Here, on a lonely stretch of private land, for no particular reason, rest half a dozen outsize sculptures, including a 24-foot oxidized steel miner

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    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

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    Calico Ghost Town

    Pan for gold and ride the mining train.

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    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

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