United States – West Coast road trip in 20 days – part 3

Day 6+7: Yosemite to Death Valley National park

Normally, it is almost certain that the famous Tioga road is closed during winter due to snow. However, last year was the year of El Nino. There was almost no snow in Yosemite and the famous route was open for traffic. Yay! We kept thanking God for his treat to us.

Driving on Tioga road is really an amazing experience. There are so many picture-worthy stops along the way. We saw a frozen lake with people skating from end to end and a family happily having picnic on it.

Tioga pass

Tioga pass

Picnic in style - frozen Tenaya lake

Picnic in style – frozen Tenaya lake

Leaving lush green (pine trees) of Yosemite national park, we are ready to be greeted by a complete change in landscape: the desert.

Death Valley: It seems that people are not as enthusiastic as us to see deserts. Some people actually recommended us to skip this destination because it is boring. Fortunately, we didn’t listen to them. Death Valley is very very special! The road leading into the heart of Death Valley is very winding and breath-taking (in both senses). I am not very good with words so let the pictures do the talking instead.

the road leading to heart of Death Valley. Looks familiar? hehehe

the road leading to heart of Death Valley. Looks familiar? hehehe

Artistic drive - one of Death Valley's points of interest

The winding Artistic drive – one of Death Valley’s points of interest

The desert look, boring for some, but very amazing for us from tropical country

The desert look, boring for some, but very amazing for us from tropical country

People are walking to the Badwater Basin - the point of lowest elevation in North America

People are walking to the Badwater Basin – the point of lowest elevation in North America

Some guy watching the sunset in style...

Some guy watching the sunset in style…

As much as we loved what we saw in Death Valley, we didn’t think it’s a good idea to spend 1 night here without many civilized amenities like convenience stores or diners. So we sped on heading to the next destination: Grand Canyon national park via Las Vegas.

To be continued …

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