Getting as Low as it Goes in Death Valley National Park, California
If you're drawn to destinations with official designations such as the "largest", "lowest", "hottest", and "driest", then Death Valley National Park is your kind of place. It's the largest park in the continental USA (3.3 million acres), and the lowest elevation in North America is at Badwater Basin, 282 feet below sea level. Only the Sahara Desert gets hotter than the 134 degrees recorded in Death Valley in 1913, and some years less than two inches of rain falls on the park’s parched land. It is these very extremes that make Death Valley National Park also the "quietest," "strangest," and "rarest" place in the country, even if the latter is just opinion.