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Address: Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA
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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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The lowest elevation point in the US and hot hot hot! Even on the 75 degree high day in Las Vegas, it was in the 80s in Death Valley, but beautiful! I took a day trip out here in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The lowest elevation point in the US and hot hot hot! Even on the 75 degree high day in Las Vegas, it was in the 80s in Death Valley, but beautiful! I took a day trip out here in a rented convertible and would recommend the getaway from the big city for those who find hiking and nature more relaxing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'm pretty sure the only reason to come here is to take a photo of the sign ! The views are the same as anywhere else in the valley. Top tip keep an eye open for the sea level sign, just to get an idea of how far below sea level you actually are.

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washington state
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Every visitors to Death Valley should make the easy trek to the lowest point in North America, Badwater. The Badwater road is lovely in itself...at certain times of year replete with wildflowers. Great view of the Panamint and Amargosa Mountain ranges from the Badwater Basin, too!

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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the lowest spot in Death Valley -282 feet. Some really bad water to see next to the salt flats. You can walk out into the valley. Not a place I would want to be in July.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When you stop here be sure to take the walk out on the salt. You almost feel as if the sea is going to come rolling in any minute.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the hottest spot we stopped at in Death Valley which was quite an experience. It's probably the most famous stop in Death Valley but was not too busy.

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see, just for the fact that it is the lowest elevation in North America. Wear good walking shoes so You can hike out on the dry lake. Death Valley has beautiful views in all directions!

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Lancing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Badwater is a must if you're visiting Death Valley. It has a small car park next to the road and if you look behind you, you'll see a painted line way up high on the rocks. It's 200+ feet up and if you look carefully you'll see the words Sea Level - you are that far below sea level at... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Badwater is a huge salt flat that you can walk on for hours and hours. It is slightly dirty in the first parts of it, but as you walk farther away from the starting point, the salt becomes cleaner and more pristine. It is a must go!

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a trippy vibe. EZ parking and then take a walk down salt lane; keep on walking! What a treat to be here; amongst the salt in a land of many surprises. Take your time as time passes slowly here. Enjoy your favorite Edible while playing make believe. Spin around, it is OK, just spin around and around and where... More 

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