01. Death Valley
It is one of the driest, lowest and hottest areas of North America, but there are still a couple of compelling reasons to visit Death Valley in Eastern California. Go for a scenic drive or take in the fabulous panoramas found in the Furnace Creek area. In the Stovepipe Wells area there is a ghost town to explore as well as Indian petroglyphs while Golden Canyon Trail, Badwater Salt Flats and Natural Bridge Canyon are all great hiking spots. Despite the name, Death Valley is not a lifeless wasteland, but actually home to thousands of plant species as well as plenty of mammals, birds and reptiles.