Death Valley

Death Valley

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Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California’s Mojave Desert. It is certainly a land of extremes, this lowest, driest and hottest area (temperature record is 57°C/134°F) in Western hemisphere. Death Valley’s Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America at 86 m (282 feet) below sea level.

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point is a part of Amargosa Range located east of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park in California, United States noted for its erosional landscape. It is composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago—long before Death Valley came into existence (Wikipedia).

From this point you get a stunning view over Death Valley, especially in the early morning when the sun goes up. At this time you have a clear view with no dust! Furthermore, it is not that hot 😀

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, Inyo County, California, noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 86m (282 ft) below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, is only 136 km (84.6 miles) to the WNW. The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of “bad water” next to the road in a sink; the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name (Wikipedia).

I only can say that you should take enough water with you, because it is freaking hot and dry.

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