If you want to see Death Valley in a day, then it calls for a very very early start. This depends on where you're from. It was a bit over a 4 hours drive from Los Angeles. I spent two days in Death Valley;
Badwater Sunrise sunrise at the Badwater salt flats, at 282 feet below the sea level, it is the lowest point in america. Death valley national park in California is a desert, it is dry, arid and often the hottest place in the world.