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Salton Sea

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Ranked #1,819 of 4,996 Attractions in California
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.
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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

First of all..do not visit in the middle of summer. There are seasons here. From October to May Salton Sea is alive with Sno Birds and weekend campers. In the summer we basically close up shop. Understanding the history of the Salton Sea will give you a better understanding of the issues it faces. Yes it is a shame that... More

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Compton, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Started with a weekend trip in Palm Springs and ended with a white beach just 60 minutes away. White beach composed of dead fish. Old fish bones give the illusion of a sandy beach. Birds, bats and misc animals I have never came across with in my life! It's a must see tho. This attraction won't be here for long.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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88 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was torn between "terrible" and "excellent" when describing the Salton Sea. Its a natural wonder - gorgeous pure blue waters that stretch so far and so deep in the middle of a boiled desert landscape, filled with sea birds that have no business being out there - but WHAT THE HELL GOES ON IN SALTON CITY!?!? The "town" surrounding... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you like seeing usual places on earth, and you happen to be near Palm Springs, then the Salton Sea is a very interesting little day trip. Be sure to go to the visitor's center, and allow time to drive at least part way around the lake to explore. Keep in mind that this is a low-key subtle attraction, so... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had a short visit here after spending the better part of the day at Joshua Tree NP. I had never heard of the Salton Sea until the day before we went. Note : google the sea and it's history before going to fully enjoy it's amazing history. Be warned it does have a stinky smell. But the eerie beauty... More

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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32 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A highway view is strange. A dark blue sea in the middle of the desert. The visual is just beautiful and for a moment you think it is a mirage. You want it to be an oasis, but it is a bit disappointing. It's a dead lake with dead fish on the shore. It's drying up and you can tell... More

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Buena Park, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My sister and I took a road trip just to visit and see what the Sea was like. I was very excited because of the history of the place. As soon as we hit Bombay Beach, one of the locals started to trail us immediately. When I stopped at a stop sign he very rudly told us that we weren't... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Me and my boyfriend just wrapped up our roadtrip across the country and this is one of the areas we camped at on the way. At first I thought this place was really lovely. Beautiful waters and camping area. We spent $20 to camp the night here which is reasonable. A nice spot with a picnic table and fire pit.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I loved it. I hate it that don't like it because it's stinky, dirty, and gross. But it great that they still have this piece of history. I actually live about 2 minutes away in North Shore. If you get hungry you can always go to the banana Museum it's only about a minute away depending on what part of... More

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Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Lots to see. Bird watchers paradise. Many species to see. Nice stroll from Sonny Bono recreational park. Fish and bird bones as well as shells on the beach. Don't wear flip flips and think you are getting in the water, don't do it barefooted either. I just had to put my feet in it. The odor is terrible. Go with... More

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