Late February is the best time of year to visit Death Valley National Park (southern California). Temperatures are extremely pleasant from sea level to 1000 feet or so. And this year just might offer spectacular flowers over the next 2-3 weeks, due to heavy rains. But do beware of extreme weather and closed roads and snowy passes—check park road conditions first.
I will be visiting Death Valley very soon should my workload allow it, and I hope to do my first serious “in the wild” comparison of the 12MP Nikon D3 to the 21MP Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III. Check out my images from last year’s trip.