Travel Shot: Going for a Road Trip in Death Valley CheapOair Staff April 2, 2010 general Death Valley, California Bring plenty of sunscreen, bottled water and make sure your car has a strong air conditioner, because a drive through Death Valley, California is one hot road trip. Situated inside southwestern United States’ Mojave Desert, it is by far the driest and hottest area in the entire country. So how hot can it get in in Death Valley? The highest temperature on record is a scorching 134 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the hottest temperature ever in the Western Hemisphere. A visit to Death Valley and Death Valley National Park is an easy three hour drive from Las Vegas or a pleasant four hour road trip past the Sequoia National Forest en route from Bakersfield, California. Plan the perfect road trip to the desert with a cheap car rental from CheapOair.