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Badwater

Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Located in Death Valley, this small salt pond is more than 280 feet below sea level, making it the lowest point in North America.
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Torrance, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a must-see feature of the park. It is easy to get to, easy to visit, and interesting. Loads of tour buses make this a destination stop, but given the size of this feature, crowds do not actually detract from this area, so jump in and make it one of your stops in the park. You will be rewarded... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We visited Badwater during our California car trip. Driving through Death Valey was just amazing! I love this place! One night was too hot to sleep and so around dusk we got up, jumped on the car and drove from our hotel to Badwater to see the sunrise. Spectacular! We could see only 2 other people visiting at the same... More

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Tacoma, WA
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138 reviews 138 reviews
35 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

So, why else do you go to Death Valley? Certainly not for the incredible parties. You go to Vegas to party and you go to Death Valley to go to the lowest spot in North America - Badwater Basin (282 feet below sea level). Badwater is fairly easy to get to as it's only 17 miles away from Death Valley... More

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Palm Desert, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A vast dry salt sea. I could just picture the wagon train pioneers coming upon this! What a trial that must have been. You do not realize how far below sea level you are until you look on the cliff behind you and see the sign, over 200 feet up the side of the cliff, which says "SEA LEVEL". Just... More

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Warwickshire
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44 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Walking on the lowest place in the Americas was awesome. Quite a sight and one has to see it. Highly recommend

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Clayton, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Hot, dry, salty and brackish water. LOL! That's the best description I can give of Badwater. Well worth the stop to the lowest point in the USA below sea-level in contrast to the highest point in Death Valley....Telescope peak at 11,049 Ft. It was 103 in Badwater (April) and there was snow on top of Telegraph peak. What a great... More

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Amsterdam
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70 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

literally you'll walk on the salt. This place is way below the sea level. It's very hot so wear a hat, sun glasses, or even use an umbrella to protect yourself. Bring a bottle of water with you when you walk on the "salt sea". Too hot to stay for hours

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Seattle
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is one of those places you need to go and check it off your list! You only have to walk 100 yards on a smooth surface and you made it! Turn around and look UP on the side of the mountain and see the mark where sea level is!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We came, we saw, we stayed 10 minutes and drove on..to hot to hang about...The usual Germans were there as usual..must find this stuff really exciting..I didn't...

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Sutton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you are travelling in Death Valley you have got to stop here. Its well maintained and as the lowest point in the U.S.A. its a good boast to say you were there. Make sure you take pictures of the sign on the Cliff facing. Rest Rooms very handy too.

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