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Address: Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA
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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It's fun to say we stood 282 ft below sea level in the middle of Death Valley! The salt flats are screaming white and glaringly hot. We simply walked out for 100 yards and took in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It's fun to say we stood 282 ft below sea level in the middle of Death Valley! The salt flats are screaming white and glaringly hot. We simply walked out for 100 yards and took in the landscape for a quick view of this eerie place. It's worth the look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A drive down to Badwater takes you to the lowest place in North America. It's also the hottest and driest. We visited in the Spring when the temperature was a pleasant 84 degrees. I was told that some Europeans like to visit here in the Summer to say they experienced temperatures over 130 degrees - they are welcome to it.... More 

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Toledo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Really cool spot. We entered from the south and took the Badwater loop RD and saw everything we wanted to see from this Rd, The Devils golf Coarse, Artist drive and Badwater Basin itself. We were lucky enough to also have the Santa Ana winds blowing at about 40 miles an hr while we were here. Awesome Experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

at 282 ft below sea level this is the lowest point in North America. Great parking and a bathroom. Also information boards about the salt bed which you can walk out on. Apparently can be slippy but was dry and white. Look up as you return to your car and spot the small green Sea Level sign up on the... More 

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twinsburg, ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Iconic spot in Death Valley- hottest spot we found the day we visited the park. We walked all the way out- not so much to see, but it was crazy how quiet it is there, and the kids were fascinated with the salt nuggets they found.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Right after sunset at Zabriskie Point, we (a couple) quickly headed to Badwater Basin, which was approximately 30 minutes away. What we experienced at this place is hard to explain with words, but we will try... The whole idea of standing in the middle of the dried lake covered by salt mosaic, which is located more than 80 meter under... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

A Kodak moment - have someone take your photo behind the Badwater sign signifying you're below sea level. Then look up to see the sign across the road to see where sea level actually is. Worth a stop and a stroll.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Not much water left in bad water. Shame that it is drying up. At one time they sailed boats on the lake there. Now it could not be more that Badwater puddle. Very informative ranger talks and signage.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Honestly, we found this the least inspiring part of the entire park. I know its why the park is so well known, but we found it kinda boring. Make sure you look behind you at the canyon wall to see the marker showing you how far below sea level you currently are.

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Palo Alto, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Of course, when you are in the area you want to go to the really lowest place in North America. Unfortunately, millions of others have proceeded you and the place appears trampled and overused. The adjacent salt flats have a large packed path through them that makes it all look loved-to-death and the aroma of the outhouse is annoying. It... More 

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