Death Valley 

If you long for warmer weather in the winter, it takes 3.0 hours in the Archer from Petaluma to Death Valley National Monument. In late January, you will be able to enjoy balmy summer weather. Once you arrive in the valley, there are several points of interest if sightseeing is your choice: Scotty's Castle, 20-Mule Team Canyon, Badwater, Dante's View and ghost towns. The sand dunes in the park are very impressive and part of the extraordinary variety of geology in the park. Furnace Creek Inn offers guided bus tours. The usual amenities of swimming pool, tennis courts and golf course are available if you tire of sightseeing. On the way down to Death Valley in mid-winter you will be able to enjoy the view of snow clad mountains. 

Death Valley National Monument can only be enjoyed in the winter. The summer temperature is a bit extreme.

 
mountains
desert sign