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Address: Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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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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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The title says it all. This place is incredible To be at the lowest point In the USA is a very cool feeling, We visited in March and so the heat wasn't too bad but I can see... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

The title says it all. This place is incredible To be at the lowest point In the USA is a very cool feeling, We visited in March and so the heat wasn't too bad but I can see that in the peak of summer it would be very uncomfortable. Certainly a very cool place to go and visiti

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Drive along the eastern edge of Death Valley for 20-30 miles to this lowest point in the US. Have your pic taken by the sign that says its so, then venture out on the packed salt...just to say you did.

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can hike from the parking lot along compacted salt flats that are soft, like uneven linoleum. You can head out onto the dry lake and take in the entirety of the valley. Yes, it was hot, 103 degrees. But it felt good. It was how it is supposed to be. Bring water, even though the hike isn't long. No... More 

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Martinez, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good facilities, lots of parking, good explanation placards, and I love the "Sea Level" sign way up on the cliff above Badwater. If you walk out far enough it's really cool (as in really interesting, rather than the opposite of hot). You need to go probably a mile out before the noise of your fellow tourists fades, but it's worth... More 

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Taylorsville, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You have to visit this place or you cant really say you have been to Death Valley. 17 miles south of Furnace Creek. Paved Parking area with restrooms. From the parking area you can walk out onto the salt pan as far as you want. Most people will walk at least to the sign saying that tell you the elevation... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You have to drive well out the way to get there and then walk a couple of miles out onto the flat to have any idea what the salt formations look like. It is so trampled upon that it's a major project to get out there and see the geometric shapes.

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Groveland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The elevation marker is right by the parking lot, but to really stand in the lowest elevation in the continental USA be sure to walk out to the end of the paved path. Wear sun glasses, the glare off the salt plain is blinding. Take water, it's really hot and you can taste the salt on the wind.

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not to be missed, walking out over the basin you feel the vastness of your surroundings, it really is an awesome sight

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved Death Valley National Park! Badwater, although crowded, is definitely a must see in the park. It is like walking on another planet.

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Bad Water was well worth the drive. The access prepared access allow visitors to see the venue without damaging the resource.

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