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Badwater, Death Valley National Park
(4.6/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Lowest point in the US make the Salt flats especially unique. They go on for what seems like forever. Bring sunglasses the whiteness is blinding. 
  • Badwater has the lowest elevation in the US. From a distance it appears to be a white sea. On closer inspection you can study the salt crystal that make its white surface. From the parking area you ca...  more »
  • we went last week - not much formations as it is mid fall - pick good time, like winter with rain or spring I hear is better - absolutely worth the visit as lowest point in north america I think - coo...  more »