We recently drove from Death Valley from Las Vegas. Instead of going through Pahrump, we turned onto Tacopa Road which turns into the Old Spanish Trail Highway once you cross into California. Stops at the St. Theresa Mission and China Ranch Date Farm were well worth the Detour. After passing through Shoshone, CA we turned west onto CA-178 and entered Death Valley National Park from the south. We stayed at Stovepipe Wells which gave extra time to explore the sand dunes. After exploring on the 2nd day, we left the park via Daylight Pass Road and made stops in Rhyolite, Beatty, and Amargosa Valley, NV