Unpaved road through Mustard Canyon, Death Valley, California.

Death Valley Drives: Furnace Creek Area

Many visitors treat a visit to Death Valley as a car-only tour, an approach that makes sense during summer due to the extreme heat. But during spring, fall, and winter, you can experience the nuance of the desert and enjoy your own little piece of it by hiking some of the canyons or taking one of the many lightly traveled roads.

Park sign for the Klare Spring petroglyphs.

Titus Canyon Road Sights, Death Valley

If you’re looking to make a dramatic entrance into Death Valley, drive Titus Canyon Road. Aside from taking in the spectacular views that dominate the entire drive, there are some key spots to stop: the petroglyphs at Klare Spring and Leadfield ghost town. Here are your driving directions for the full trip.

Sunrise at Dante's View, looking out over Death Valley, California.

Accessible Sights and Drives in Death Valley

These recommended destinations in Death Valley National Park include drives and sights easily seen from parking areas as well as two ADA-accessible trails. Roads are paved or graded dirt, and in most cases there are no formal parking spaces.

Steam rises up in great white clouds from the crater of Kilauea volcano.

Kilauea’s Crater Rim Drive

The 11-mile road that circles the Kilauea Caldera and passes by nearly all the main sights in the park is Crater Rim Drive. Since you can’t circle the caldera because of a long-term road closure, we’ve divided the sights into two sections: those to the right of the visitors center and those to the left of the visitors center.

Trees cluster along the steep sides of Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun-Road.

Going-to-the-Sun Road Driving Tips

Going-to-the-Sun Road isn’t Glacier’s toughest drive by far, but being prepared with snacks and water is key, as is slowing down to respect the terrain and making sure ahead of time your route is clear and open. These tips are for Glacier novices and veteran’s both.

The north fork of the Flathead River flows through the landscape on a sunny day.

Driving Tours of Glacier National Park’s North Fork

Glacier National Park’s North Fork offers two driving tours, Inside North Fork Road and Outside North Fork Road, both of which are rugged and require a certain amount of preparedness and patience—both routes can take two hours or more to travel . Whichever you choose, both are excellent tours of Glacier’s landscapes.

A spout of water erupts through the rock on Maui's western coast.

Off the Beaten Track: Maui’s Northwestern Coast

Sightseeing along Maui’s northwestern coast is a delight for anyone interested in a little of this and a little of that. There’s a scenic drive (not for the timid with its narrow, curving roads), natural wonders that go from the actively awe-inspiring to the serene, and of course, a good dose of local culture and history.