From Palm Springs to Bakersfield via Death Valley (California Day 3 and 4)

So on Monday, I checked out of The Saguaro hotel and had breakfast in Palm Springs before setting off on a five hour drive to Death Valley.

If you want to see my driving skills, check out the two short videos (they last 15 seconds each). It's not easy (or safe) to film and drive.

I just had to capture 2Pac's California Love when it came on the radio. I think about this song every time I visit California. 

I had a vegetarian skillet at Denny's in Baker. That's the town where you decide, whether you want to go to Death Valley or continue to Las Vegas. I was very tempted to drive to LV and even to tour Joshua Tree National Park again but I reminded myself that I was there to explore new places.

The sun was setting between 4 and 5 pm. I had to continue my drive through the dark as my hotel was located in the centre of the park.

This was my room at The Furnace Creek Ranch.

This is what the cabin looked like from outside.

The next day I drove up to Dante's View...

... and to Badwater, which is 855 metres below sea level. 

This is the Artist's Palette. If you look closely, you can see the different colours of the rocks. 

I drove to Beatty, a small village in Nevada for lunch at Denny's (again). 

The town looked pretty grim and depressing. 

Right next to Beatty is Rhyolite, a ghost town. 

Next, I wanted to drive to Scotty's Castle and I thought it would be clever to take a short-cut that I had spotted on the map. It was an unpaved road and after 10 km got so bad that I couldn't continue driving if I didn't want to damage the car. Also, it was getting late, I had no phone signal and my gps couldn't indicate any clear directions. If I was to die there, I can only guess how long it would have taken for someone to find me. There were hardly any cars on the paved roads, let alone on the unpaved ones. I made a U-turn and luckily got out safely. (PS: I had a similar experience during my Tuscany road trip last year)

I didn't make it to the castle and I also missed out on the Death Valley dunes. My plan to visit Sequoia National Park completely fell through as I had run out of time. I had to drive five more hours to Bakersfield, where a hotel room was waiting for me.

It was a huge room at the Hampton Inn (like four times the size of the room I had in Edinburgh last month) and although it wasn't really my style, it was super clean and felt very cosy. 

My next post will be about my stop in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. 

Furnace Creek Ranch
Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
United States of America 

Hampton Inn 
1017 Oak Street
Bakersfield, CA 93304
United States of America

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  1. The drive looks surreal! Thanks for risking everything to shoot the video for us! I really enjoyed watching it! I would love to drive through Death Valley one day! Be safe and have fun ❤️

  2. Amazing, amazing photos! Such stunning scenery - love your videos too!

  3. Amazing scenery! Such a shame you ran out of time, although a good reason to go back!
    Can't wait to see Santa Barbara again, I loved it there!!
    Happy Thursday Anouka xoxo

  4. These pics are really awesome! I would love to be there!

  5. The Saguaro hotel is so cute and colourful! All the photos look great but Dante's View in particular looks so surreal.

  6. Well, I've checked out the videos and you got such cool driving skills, lol that song is perfect for your road trip, the video spread a nice freedom feeling. Death Valley is impressive and so are your photos, you must have driven for so long. The ghost town is little scary. The Marylin statue is gorgeous, would love to see it personally, Im in awe. Kisses and have fun! xo

  7. The views and scenery is really just beautiful and breathtaking. It seems so peaceful there!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  8. whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    tes photos sont sublimes !!(comme toujours d'ailleurs)
    je suis vraiment impressionnée là !! tu m'as donné envie d'y aller !!
    bisous bisous !!

  9. Wow your are so lucky ^^


  10. Wow Anouka, the images of the sky are unlike anything Ive seen here, so hauntingly pretty. I can't get over the amazing Dante's view. The ghost town is a little too chilling for me but looks like a fantastic adventure overall.

  11. The view is so pretty!! The carpet in your hotel also looks very cool!
    The ghost town looks intresting as well.. a bit scary, but lots of fun to see. hehe, you are a really good driver!! I am learning to drive right now and I get so nervous lol

  12. Wow, I want to go to every place in this post!! Those views are stunning! I never thought about it before but now I would like to take a similar roadtrip like that by myself.

  13. Gorgeous sceneries and pictures!!

  14. Great pictures,
    have fun :)


  15. Incredible photos!!! So loving them all especially the food. Yum!

  16. Vegetarian food sounds perfect :) These are such great photos and I love how we are seeing a bit of everything. xx

  17. I'm enjoying following along on your road trip and the photos of the sky are so beautiful. I also like the the door mirror image which is so effective.

  18. Love all your photos and videos! The road trip looks like an amazing experience! Enjoy the rest of the trip xoxoES

  19. It must be so fun ! I dream to discover those fabulous landscape :)

  20. Gorgeous pics! These places look so interesting and different from all we have over here :) That hotel must be one of the coolest buildings ever :D

  21. Ghost city, wow! Sounds creepy! But looks amazing, what a nature! And the sunset pictures are so beautiful!


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