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Badwater, Death Valley National Park

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The lowest point in North America, 86 m (282 ft) below sea level, Badwater is a huge, desolate salt flat. Look up to see a sign marking sea level high above you on the side of a cliff. Bring plenty of water with you, and limit your time in the sun during midday. A visit to Badwater represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Death Valley National Park vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • 85 meters below the Sea (cue to watch down there). Walking on the salt, it is as if we were walking on snow (with noise). Allow a bit of water if you walk a bit to see the formations of salt.
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  • Always wanted to go here. It's worth the drive. Looks amazing and really is very hot. Beautiful scenery.  more »
  • One of the most beautiful places of death valley, no one sees this endless expanse of salt then arrived you can go over it without exaggeration though.
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Where to stay in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park provides numerous developed campgrounds where you can pitch a tent. Some of these are free, and some are open year-round, while others only offer camping in the cooler, non-summer months. There are a few privately owned and operated lodges and inns in the park, most of which feature rustic accommodations. With its upscale lodging, the Furnace Creek Inn stands as an exception. The town of Beatty, on the Nevada side of the park, offers a few basic inns and motels and a couple of casinos. On the California side, Randsburg sits farther away from the park's popular Furnace Creek area, but the town offers numerous economy motels and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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