Emigrant Pass, Death Valley National Park
Arriving at Death Valley by "Emigrant pass" was certainly more impressive for the first immigrants that arrived there. Now, an excellent paved road offers a comfortable access and though the mountains are almost bare, that does not look like a desert.
A nice pullout that offers spectacular views is Towne Pass. This is a pass (at 4956 feet) through the Panamint Range that was used by early travelers and is still used today.