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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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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

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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122 reviews 122 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

So we were excited about seeing death valley but weren't sure what to expect.... we were totally blown away by it's natural beauty. Badwater is a great spot to get out the car and take in the view, throughout this park there are nice areas to stop and look round but this one was one of the best.

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Victoria, Canada
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204 reviews 204 reviews
114 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It's a dry lake bed. That's about it, but the horizon and panoramic view from here is nice. You can look up to Dante's View and walk on the dry lake bed if you like. For us, it was a 15 minutes stop at most. Don't miss the Artist Palette drive if you're going by that way to or from... More

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Seafield
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

As Scots, the nearest we'd come to experiencing temperatures such as those in Death Valley in July is if we were to stand too close to the open door of a 240C oven for 3 hours wearing 2 Aran jumpers. Badwater Basin is one of the many 'must see' parts of Death Valley. 'Must see' and 'must feel'. The heat... More

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Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
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15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Ever since I took geology classes in college I have wanted to go to Badwater. I wanted my picture taken in front of the sign that shows the elevation at 282 feet below sea level. The hottest recorded temp on earth was nearby at Furnace Creek Ranch. 134 % F The trip to Badwater is on an excellent paved road... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is in a valley within Death Valley. A huge salt sea bed below sea level that is vast & very hot! A very interesting place to visit but don't forget your water. It's very hot there to the point there are signs warning you not to walk out across the sea in the peak sun time!

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Malibu, California
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51 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I had to stop here on my way to Mt Whitney: the lowest elevation along with the highest. Hot. Hot and low. Hot, low and desolate.

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