It might be only January, but if you're anything like us, you're already planning out your dream spring break and summer destinations. While flights for your bucket list destinations might not be cheap, there's one gorgeous spot that's sitting right in The Golden State's backyard. You can visit actual salt flats in California!\nWhen the conditions are right and water collects on the surface, it turns into a giant mirror, reflecting the vivid desert sky colors. It also makes a great photo op spot, tbh. So, text all your friends and get ready for the road trip of a lifetime.\nSo, what makes this spot so cool?\nBadwater Basin holds the record as the lowest point in all of North America and its terrain seriously looks out of this world.\nIf Death Valley has been on your list of things to do in California, then chances are, you'll love this seriously underrated natural wonder.\nTo plan out your visit, it's important to know the best times to see the park. It can get scorching hot here in the summer.\nWinter and spring are the best times to come if you want to enjoy the cooler temperatures. The park costs $30 to enter per vehicle and you don't need a pass in order to visit.*\nWhen you arrive, you'll find a long boardwalk leading you out to a huge lakebed that looks like snow.\nView this post on Instagram Here’s another shot of Badwater Basin in Death Valley, California—a little earlier in the evening and a little more close up so you can see the shapes on the ground. . . The craziest part is that it’s not just a small area, it goes on and on and on. These salt crystals form amazing shapes and they are continually being pushed up and forming new shapes. Nature is crazy. A post shared by Ashley Jansen (@jetsetjansen) on Jul 17, 2019 at 6:25am PDT\nIt's actually salt that's evaporated from the water. Be sure to check out the history sign before heading out on the flats. The salt stretches five miles long, so most people don't walk all the way across.\nA short quarter-mile trail will bring you to the famous polygon-shapes the region is known for and a seemingly endless landscape.\nView this post on Instagram Lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. And, the most colorful at dusk. It felt like a scene out of Star Wars. I love the outdoors, nature, and this planet. A post shared by Gina Danza (@wildginaa) on Jan 16, 2020 at 8:13pm PST\nIt's important to note that pets are not allowed here due to the presence of wildlife and extreme weather conditions. So, make sure to leave them at home and plan accordingly.\nIt has so many amazing sights to see and it's only a short drive from the famous 9-mile rainbow mountain drive, Artist's Palette too.\nView this post on Instagram Stepping onto another planet 💫 A post shared by DIANA CHEN ➵ ADVENTURE TRAVEL (@ddwchen) on Dec 19, 2019 at 5:31pm PST\nAfter you've walked for a couple of minutes, turn around to see how far you've come and have your BFF snap some fun pics. There are so many unique photo ideas for illusions and scale you can try out there.\nBadwater Basin is truly a unique natural wonder. You won't need to spend a lot of time here, but it's definitely worth its weight in salt (sorry, we had to).\nView this post on Instagram Instagram!! Hello again. I definitely needed a little break from “creating” content and I’ve got to say it was very nice! I’m still broken (my foot ..that is.. not my spirt lol) and haven’t been doing much sooo I decided with all this extra time on my hands to come home! I love NM and coming home is so sweet. Everything is so familiar and that’s extremely comforting. - - What do you miss about home? A post shared by Tessa Jones - live a little (@tessa_traverses) on Jun 25, 2019 at 4:04pm PDT\nBadwater Basin\nPrice: $30 park entrance fee per vehicle.\nLocation: Death Valley National Park, California\nWhy You Should Visit: You can explore five miles of crazy salt formations that make you feel like you're in Mad Max.\nWebsite\n* This article has been updated.\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.