Furnace Creek is Death Valley’s downtown. Here you’ll find Death Valley National Park’s primary visitor center—the place to go to get oriented in this massive park that’s larger than several states. You can also take your pick of the two hotels that comprise the Oasis at Death Valley. At the more casual Ranch at Death Valley, enjoy horseback riding or golfing at the Furnace Creek Golf Course, then end your day with a whiskey and the tomahawk ribeye at the Old West–style Last Kind Words Saloon. Just down the road, the luxurious Inn at Death Valley, which debuted in 1927, recently underwent a major renovation and offers such pleasures as a spring-fed pool that perpetually remains in the mid-80s—perfect for the valley’s surprisingly chilly winter nights.