We are going to be making a road trip in June that will include DVNP. We are coming from Las Vegas and leaving towards Lake Tahoe or maybe Sequioa National Park (if it is feasible and worth it). We could spend up to two nights in or around the park but want to start from LV and leave from either the West or North to carry on our journey. Given that our time frame is limited as is our budget where would be the best place to stay to see the best parts whilst still affording us time to view stars? We know that you can stay in Furnace Creek but it is way out of our budget.
We were looking at staying in Beatty as this seems to be cheaper but can you actually "commute" into the park for a meaningful visit? I see that Death Valley Junction is also an option but is this better than Beatty? Could you drive from LV through the south of DVNP towards Beatty and see things on the way and then see the northern part on that day or is it a big false economy and we should just stay in the overpriced FC?
I have tried to find this info on here and have found excellent itineraries but i am still at a loss as to where you can stay on a budget to maximise time actually in the park!
Thanks in advance!