Bad Water, Death Valley National Park
Favorite thing: This area bears the claim to fame of being the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere. It is also the hottest and driest spot in all the land of this half of the planet. When all that is said and done, there's little to do here other than go home and tell others that you've been there and done that. A short boardwalk leads out into the basin and you can continue walking on the scorched Earth and examine the fissures in the landscape.
Favorite thing: The Barwater road runs for about 20 miles from the Furnace Creek Visitor's Center to Badwater. It is a paved section of highway and has turnoffs for Golden Canyon, Artist's Drive (when it reopens) and Echo Canyon among others. Since badwater is merely a place to be seen and not really one for much exploring, I'd recommend taking some time to see the other sights along this road. Actually, I'd recommend it even if your life long dream and sole purpose for driving this road was to visit badwater as the canyon areas are an amazing collection of color and carved rock.
Favorite thing: go and proudly stand up (possibly having a picture of you taken on the spot) at Badwater, the lowest point in western emisphere!!! Please note that the water in background isn't properly a fairy pool crossed by gentle swans, as it rather belongs to Beelzebub's realm (his Golf Course is just a step from here :)))). In fact, Badwater is a full chlorine and sulfates pond where, moreover, a weird and unfriendly fauna lives in (rare snails and a unique species of fish - the Death Valley pupfish, a small bluish creature which has evolved to survive in the hot saline conditions). This salt pool is fed by springs at the base of the Black Mountains.
Fondest memory: There were so many people there this week because of the bloomin' desert. 10,000 people registered on Sunday the weekend before I took this picture.
Favorite thing: go to Badwater. Afterall, this place is the reason Death Valley is so famous. It has the lowest elevation in the western hemisphere. Just don't drink the water.