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Address: Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Located in Death Valley, this small salt pond is more than 280 feet below...
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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Great salt plains!

The sights of the salt plains are great. They stretch for miles without anything else to see besides the mountains. There are clear paths showing where all the tourists have been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The sights of the salt plains are great. They stretch for miles without anything else to see besides the mountains. There are clear paths showing where all the tourists have been. But still, it's impressive and if you're in Death Valley this is one you don't want to miss! You're standing in the middle of a huge valley with crumbled... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I am hoping to have an opportunity to go again this November 2015. The park is so large and there is SO much to see believe it or not, that you need at least a couple days to get to all the highlights but this was one of them and while I did get a chance to see it, I... More 

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Lockesburg, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed being at this place and being below sea level for awhile with my sisters. The sunset there is unbelievable. Do not miss it.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We visited early so it was cool and minimum people. Light was lovely. Some great photos of the valley. Such an odd place. Like Mars. Closest I reckon I'll get to space travel.

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Sonoma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Badwater's special geography, topography, and wildlife make it a fun place to visit. Badwater is nearly 300 feet below sea level. There is a sign on the hills across the street which indicates sea level. Make sure to check it out when you are arriving. Badwater is salt water. It has snails which can tolerate the salt water. Once you... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

No hiking involved, park your car and the entrance to the salt flat is right there. There is a small wooden boardwalk but you can venture off as far as you like. It's a little surreal to walk around on a dried salt bed. It's really beautiful and almost magical. If you only have time to do 1 thing at... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is an amazing place, but you need to know a bit about the history to understand the location. Badwater is significantly below sealevel and you can walk a bit into the area. It was so hot, I could not stand to be out there too long but it was an interesting experience. The lonely streets with not much traffic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

The drive to Badwater is beautiful and traffic was light. We walked out on the salt floor and it was cool looking up to see the sea level sign. Hot is not even close to describe how hot it was, went up to about 125F. Highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

What an exciting feeling standing on the lowest point on earth!!Walking on the basin floor which was whitish sand/mud which looks like snow from a distance felt different which brings about a thrill.A must visit when in Death Valley.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I tasted the water, it is pure sodium chloride. It is salter than seawater. You are 86 meter below sealevel.

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Address: Address: Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Death Valley National Park

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