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Death Valley National Park

Raj Hanchanahal Photography

Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states. That leaves plenty of room for all that there is to marvel at inside its bounds, including towering snow-covered mountains as well as the lowest, driest and hottest deserts in the country.

But that's not all. Death Valley also has deep canyons, colorful badlands, rolling sand dunes, salt flats and surprising springs.

Visitors venture to this often inhospitable location for biking, birdwatching, stargazing and backcountry adventures. If you can't make it in person, or if you find its scorching summer temperatures (up to 130°F in the daytime!) not too enticing, you take a virtual tour instead. 

Want to discover more about America's other spectacular national parks? Check out our picks for some of the most unique.

Watch the "Death Valley Dreamlapse" from Sunchaser pictures below:

DEATH VALLEY DREAMLAPSE from Sunchaser Pictures on Vimeo.