Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ride Through Death Valley With Norman Reedus (Zombies Not Included!)

 AMC’s “Ride with Norman Reedus” Visits Furnace Creek Resort in Episode 2; 

Map Available Online of Movies and TV Shows That Have Filmed in Death Valley Over the Years


DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – June 27, 2016 – For years, Death Valley National Park has been a popular location to film movies and TV shows, and the latest to visit was AMC’s new travel series, “Ride with Norman Reedus” (AMC, Sundays at 10/9c). Mr. Reedus, known for riding motorcycles and killing zombies in “The Walking Dead,” explores Death Valley in episode two of the travel docu-series, which is now available online at AMC.com, the AMC app, or via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Xbox.  


Death Valley: Dante’s View” follows Mr. Reedus and actor/friend Balthazar Getty as they embark on a Las Vegas joyride to Death Valley, spending the night at the Inn at Furnace Creek and riding through volcano-formed mountains and painted canyons to Dante’s View. Reedus exclaims as he looks out over Death Valley and the Badwater salt flats, “This is probably the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen.” 


Directors, producers and film crews have long known that Death Valley offers one of the most unique landscapes in the world (and the prettiest!); many popular movies and TV shows have been filmed in the destination, including the original episode of the Star Wars epic (Episode IV – A New Hope) and The Return of the Jedi. A complete list can be found on the Furnace Creek Resort website here: http://www.furnacecreekresort.com/filming-in-death-valley/


Both The Inn at Furnace Creek and Furnace Creek Ranch have provided accommodations for the actors and film crews during the production of these movies and TV shows, and many actors have returned to enjoy the luxurious AAA Four Diamond, historic Inn at Furnace Creek for some rest and relaxation after filming has wrapped. Nestled into the mountainside where the spring bubbles forth, the Inn was built in the late 1920s by the Borax Company and features 66 elegant rooms, fine dining, verandas with sweeping views of Death Valley, opulent gardens, a stunning spring-fed pool (maintaining a constant temperature of 85 degrees), tennis courts and pool-side massages.


With its towering palm trees and true oasis atmosphere, The Ranch at Furnace Creek is fed by natural spring waters and boasts a large pool, golf course (the lowest on Earth), post office, general store, casual dining restaurants, horseback riding and 224 family-friendly rooms. The Borax Museum, with artifacts large and small including some of the original 20 Mule Team Wagon trains, also calls The Ranch home, as does a nearby landing strip. The Death Valley National Park visitor center is also within walking distance.


And there is plenty to do – or not do. For active vacationers, activities range from hiking, cycling, and Jeep treks to horseback riding and golf. The lush oasis also attracts wildlife such as roadrunners and coyotes, and it is also one of only a few gold-tier designated International Dark Sky Parks in the United States where stargazers can actually see the Milky Way with the naked eye.

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