Hi! We're flying into LAS in early august and will arrive at 10:30am PST (or 8:30am PST...we have not booked our flights yet, still trying to convince my sister to take the earlier flight). Our plan is to pick up our rental car, hit up a grocery store for water and snacks and hit the road to Death Valley. We have no interest in taking tours of Scottys Castle; we are into photography and seeing unique landscapes, so we want to hit up the most scenic parts (any suggestions for just the one day?)
Our next day will be going to Yosemite, so we only have the one day in DV. I booked a hotel in Bishop (as it is closer to Yosemite), but if it makes more sense to stay in Lone Pine, I'm up for that too (hotel has free cancellation). Is it too much driving to go all the way to Bishop? Is it a bunch of twisty mountain roads? I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of night driving through mountains, but I'll do it if I have to.