Dante’s View at 5,476 feet above sea level along the crest of the Black Mountains is the quintessential view of Death Valley National Park in California. Standing at this point you are rewarded with a dramatic panoramic view of the the massive Badwater salt basin. Looking west across the salt pan is the Panamint Range rising up to Telescope Peak. In my eyes, this is the perfect location to acquaint yourself with Death Valley. So much of what is Death Valley can be seen from this spot. Straight down from this spot is Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level. If you look closely you can see the pedestrian path etching it’s way into the salt flat. On very clear days, the highest and lowest points in the contiguous 48 states of the United States: Mount Whitney (14,505 ft) and Badwater Basin (−282 ft) can be seen.