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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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Oak Ridge
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It is very dusty and hazy here because of the low elevation. The salt is fun to walk on and it feels very smooth and soft. When we went it was very crowded. Just so you know this is Handicap accesible (it has ramps).It is a fairly long drive but if you have the time, you probably could do it... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

How many chances do you get to be here? Unfortunately the area is not as white as the pictures show, but there is a lot of salt to be seen. They let you walk in the area and the more you get to the interior, the more breathtaking the view is.

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Memohis
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Getting to Death Valley and to Badwater may be much more exciting than the destination itself. There isn't anything there but a few placards and a walk into the salt bed. But the trip to the lowest point is pretty cool. Do as we did, ride a bike there!

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sparks nv
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Another must see. It's possible to get out even for handicapped people. I hiked out maybe a half mile. Just very, very different. Look back at the "sea level" sign. Such a unique place! Pit toilets available.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The first thing you notice when Badwater comes into sight is the huge salt flat. In contrast, the huge mountain range in the backdrop makes you wonder how wide the world can be and how far they horizon can stretch. Before we enter the boardwalk, the tour guide briefed us on the background of this place, and precautions to take.... More

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Ohio
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is the lowest place in the western hemisphere 286ft below sea level, and a salt flat. Must go if your in the valley. Knowledgeable and helpful park ranger.

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los angeles
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117 reviews 117 reviews
78 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We decided to take the side trip off the main road in Death Valley and drive the extra 30 minutes to see Badwater. It was totally worth it. We arrived and it was a beautiful day but very windy and about 75 degrees. We walked out and stood on the sandy salt area and snapped a few photos. On the... More

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Elgin Illinois
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172 reviews 172 reviews
100 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Heading south on 190 from furnace creek, take the right fork in the road for25 miles to the badwater basin. Just follow the signs they are clearly marked from the roads. there is a mid size parking lot with pit toilets. On the pavilion platform there are interpretive markers that explain what you are seeing. (turn around and look for... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

You can only go up from here, The dry salt lake is below sea level and the air gets thick and sounds don't travel as well. It's quite unless the tourist make it. Outhouse at the stop, no water

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Stratford
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Time to get away from the Strip in Vegas and see the hottest place on earth.Yes that is correct the hottest place on earth.! Now this excursion is a must....but not in the summer months for hell awaits you then.The best time to go is on spring when the desert flowers will be at their best. This excursion which we... More

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