Nevada's 365-mile Death Drive Is One of the Best Road Trips in the State

High-angle view of road stretching out across barren desert
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One of the most amazing views in Nevada can be found beyond the Las Vegas Strip. The 365-mile Death Drive is one of the state’s best road trips, showcasing some of the most beautiful views Southern Nevada has to offer.

This route will guide you to some of the best natural parts of the state and is also fairly convenient to get to. The loop takes drivers from Las Vegas to Death Valley and back again. Keep in mind there are many variations of the Death Drive.

Travel Nevada says people usually begin by heading from Las Vegas to Pahrump, which is about two hours. On this leg of the journey, you’ll be able to visit the springs at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and take in the scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Rock formations along artists drive in the Death Valley

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Once you get to Pahrump, there are a couple of great places for rest and refreshment, including one of Nevada’s best biker bars, Mountain Springs Saloon. Or, if you are looking for something a little more upscale, try some wines at Pahrump Valley Winery, Sanders Family Winery, Mountain Falls Golf Club, or Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club.

From there, it’s time to explore Death Valley National Park, some three million acres of beautiful desert full of interesting rock formations, canyons, and mountains. Some of the best stopping points include the Artist's Palette Overlook and Zabriskie Point. There’s also a coffin-themed roadside shop, Coffin It Up, if you’re looking for some spooky souvenirs on Death Drive.

Eventually, drivers can head towards Beatty, where they can stop at Rhyolite, one of the most famous “ghost towns” in the state. Along this route, drivers can also view some unique artworks at the Goldwell Open Air Museum.

Halfway through their journey, drivers will start to head south again towards Las Vegas. On this path, you’ll drive through the region surrounding Mount Charleston, where you might actually get a glimpse of snow depending on the time of year. Rising nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, it's one of Nevada’s tallest peaks.

This long, scenic drive might be the best way to see the glorious (and diverse) landscape of Nevada.

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