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Death Valley may not be the most attractive vacation prospect right now, what with the obscene gas prices, but if you want to see it soon (and you should), we couldnít help but notice that temperatures right now are a pretty mild 90 degrees, with a high of 99 for tomorrow and back to 96 for Sunday.
Which, seeing as summer temperatures are normally soaring by now, really isnít bad. Maybe itís suffering from the same cold weather front as Vegas (currently a miserable 79) has been for the past few days.
If you want to make a run for it this weekend, weíd advise bypassing the swanky Furnace Creek - because you donít go to Death Valley to play golf and live in a resort, do you?
No, you go to Death Valley to soak in nature, escape civilization and contemplate the magnitude of the earth and all that jazz.
And for that, we recommend Stovepipe Wells. It used to be the official National Park property in the Valley, before they switched to Furnace Creek (heresy!), and itís just what you think of Death Valley as. Half an hour from the bustle of Furnace Creek, thereís just a motel, a restaurant and a general store.
Where there are high gas prices, it seems that hotel gas packages are not far behind. But what about a hotel that sells gas? We've never heard of a gas station at a hotel before but apparently there is one at the Furnace Creek Resort, a sprawling resort in Death Valley, Calif. with two hotels, a 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, restaurants and even its own airstrip.
And just like hotel omelets, soda, wine, parking, massages, phone calls, WiFi and whatever else is sold in a hotel, the gas is marked up considerably. LA Times reports that gas is $5.75 a gallon at the resort. (It's actually a Chevron station.)
We're guessing that if you're staying in Death Valley, you probably will pay the $5.75 a gallon to fill up your car because who the heck is going to pass up gas when driving through the desert?