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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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Seafield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

It was pretty epic to be that low below sea level. Read the signs right by the parking and learn a little about the area. Very interesting. And hot! Went in August but still enjoyed it despite the 109 degree temperatures

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Driving to and then seeing Badlands to me is a surreal experience. It is the lowest point in North America, being at 282 ft. below sea level. Its an area to let the imagination run wild. I think of the oceans so much higher than where I am currently standing. Its also amazing to think just a couple of hours... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level, the salt flats stretch out for some distance. Go early as gets very hot (before 10am). Badwater Basin named for the "bad water" that the mule wouldn't even drink out of.

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england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Well worth a visit, only 10 minutes from Furnace creek ranch and 5 minutes away from Artists Drive. Very hot, went at 6.00pm and it was 100 degrees!

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Youngstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What a strange feeling to be at the lowest point in the US. We loved getting to walk on the salt flats. Got some great pictures. Take plenty of water and do not walk out too far in the summer. Needed to use the restroom. Primitive toilet. Not for those with a weak stomach!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Of course if you are in Death Valley, why wouldn't you visit this? It is very hot...quick walk and pics to say you were there! Why not see the lowest point in the U.S....just to say you were there.

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