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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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South San Francisco, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
88 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

It's scenic in a desolate otherworldly sort of way, but mostly you should go there so you can say you've been to the lowest point in the US. After parking your car, look up the rock wall instead of towards the valley. There will be a small sign indicating where sea level is relative to where you are standing. Most... More

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Warwickshire
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Who would not want to say they travelled to the lowest point in North America? Don’t expect much water! We got there early and walked out to the edge of the salt flat before the crowds came. There is a sign present advising not to go out there after 10 am, (that must be about the time when the sun... More

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New York City, New York
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176 reviews 176 reviews
153 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Very hot and very dry. You can see this giant salt flat from dante's view. Be sure to look up at the rock to your side to find the "sea level" marker. Check out the tiny it of water itself to find larva swimming around. The salt flat here has been trampled from numerous tourists, so try to stay on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The basin is a querky place but man is it hot. Visited just after 9 am and the heat is blistering. Wear a hat take water cover up..there is NO shade!!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was one of our last stops before leaving Death Valley. After a couple days surrounded by the desert landscape, it was so interesting to suddenly see this body of water in the middle of it all! It was one of only two places we saw signs of wildlife- small lizards and fish. You may have to put up with... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Well sign posted to get to,lots of folks wanting to have their pic. taken by the Badwater below sea level sign', great fun! Having been also to the Dead Sea in Jordan this was a moment for me, now I have done both!!

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Interesting place, good photo ops, don’t miss the “Sea Level” mark on the rocks across the highway. It was hot, but hey it’s Death Valley. Worth the stop, but I wouldn’t make a special trip to say I was 282 ft below sea level.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Went there with my husband. First thing we've noticed is the heat, so prepare yourself, take a hat and water. This place is like a bottom of hell. The name story is quite funny and terrifying. A traveller stopped there with his mule, as he found some water, but the mule wouldn't drink it as the water was salty. So... More

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Bedfordshire
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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The car temperature gauge was showing 43C as we stopped at Badwater Basin. It is an awesome place to visit and experience the heat and Salt basin. The basin is around 280 feet BELOW sea level, and you can see a marker on the mountain showing how deep you are at the car park. We took our water bottles on... More

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Atascadero
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123 reviews 123 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Badwater Basin was breathtaking to stand in the lowest place in the norther hemisphere was amazing. I recommend doing it as early as possible as it gets hot fast. By 9am it was 104. Be sure to take water as there is none sold there.

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