By Car / 4-Wheel Drive, Death Valley National Park
Because of its size and the distances between its major sights Death Valley is best visitied by car. The car should be in good mechanical condition especially if you're visiting in summer. Gas is available inside the park at Stovepipe Wells, Furnace Creek and Scotty's Castle. A few roads (Titus Canyon for example) are only recommended for vehicles with 4-wheel drive or with high clearance.
To really experience Death Valley National Park, one needs to go off the paved main road and onto the dirt roads, the condition of which may vary.
A high-clearance vehicle, preferably a 4x4 will be of great use.
Note that off-road driving is always prohibited!
We have always gone by car, but judging by the number of buses, there must be a lot of tours available. For those coming from a distance, flying into Las Vegas and then renting a car or taking a tour bus is probably the best way to go.
Many of sites are accessible by the ordinary automobile. Some of the dirt roads can be navigated by the ordinary automobile, but it really is best to have 4-wheel drive if going off the paved roads.
California Highway 190, the Badwater Road, The Scotty's Castle Road, and paved roads to Dante's View and Wildrose provide access to the major scenic viewpoints and historic points of interest. Besides this routes, more than 350 miles of unpaved and 4-wheel drive roads take you into wilderness hiking, camping, and historical sites.