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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, Outdoors
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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Owner 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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Redding, CT, USA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The 'lowest point on earth in the western hemisphere' (according to my guide book) so worth standing on it for that. Salt and more salt. And one of the hottest places too. This was November. It will be steaming in the summer months.

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Phelan, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Be sure to see the sign up on the side of the cliff marked Sea Level. Don't want to visit this place in the summer. Gets hot and goes up from there.

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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Great photo opportunities here ... We reached later in the afternoon and waited here till sunset it was serene n peaceful You can do other spots on the way to bad water Artistic drive , devil golf course and if you continue after bad water you can go to Dante view point which we skipped due to time but I... More

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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103 reviews 103 reviews
52 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

As a side trip, we decided to take a detour through Death Valley. What a wonderful trip!! From the park you can see the highest peak in the lower 48 states, Mt. Whitney in CA and the lowest point is just over 100 miles away. I have never seen such a beautiful desert- sand dunes, salt crystals and huge mountain... More

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Dallas, Texas
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Badwater Basin sits 252 ft. below sea level, so the salts from the minerals in the surrounding rocks collects here through the cracks in the dried surface. Be sure to turn around when you are in the parking lot and look up the mountains behind you for the white sign that marks sea level. That is a pretty cool sight.... More

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oak bluffs
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

A trip to Death Valley wouldn't be complete without a visit here. We lucked into a relatively comfortable 90 degree overcast day, and spent about an hour exploring here. I have heard from friends that visited that the valley floor can reach upwards of 120 in summer months and is impossible to enjoy. I took some great pictures of salt... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

low low low. neat to visit. i spent 20 minutes picking cigarette butts and other trash up. Please, respect your parks people!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This drive (which includes the Artists drive) is beautiful. We saw two tarantulas, desert mice and two coyotes on the Badwater Road. The badwater itself is pretty cool. It makes for some pretty good photos and it's so interesting to read about it too. It's a definite must stop over at Death Valley. My husband and I really enjoyed it

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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118 reviews 118 reviews
88 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Whilst in Death Valley, Badwater is a must see. We started our experience at Dante's View around sunrise, drove to Zabriske pt., Devil's golf course and then made it to Badwater at about 9 am. This was October, the temp was PERFECT and there were very few people. My wife and I laid out on the salt flats to fully... More

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a must see stop just like Dante's View! The drive to Badwater is quite lovely. It is the lowest point in North America. It is 282 feet below sea level. Take time to walk along the glistening salt flats! There are boardwalks in some of the more sensitive areas. Once you walk out on the flats, turn around... More

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