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Badwater Basin – Death Valley National Park
Slow down as you approach the deepest place in the western hemisphere: Badwater. Here, the salt flats of Death Valley reach their lowest point, 282 feet below sea level. Park and head down the steps to the boardwalk. Here, you can see the salt flats without getting your feet wet or salty. You’ve traveled a long distance to stand at the second lowest point on earth, so why not go all the way? Walk out onto the salt flats, headed for the water. Keep in mind, though, the desert plays tricks on your eyes, and the water is farther away …