When we recommend sun-soaked, warm-weather destinations - say, on the beach or in the jungle – the daily temperature usually tops off at 90 F. Anything above this is just unpleasant. Some places, however, are worth seeking out even though they're so blistering hot you'll have to prepare yourself to be uncomfortable. For these 10 worthy hot spots – with average temperatures well over 100 F – bring lots of water, sunscreen, a good hat, and, if you can help it, have a room with air conditioning.
Death Valley, California
Death Valley's all-time high temperature of 134 F makes it the hottest place on the planet after a 90-year record set in El Azizia, Libya was invalidated in 2013. The striated canyon walls that typify the American southwest are here in abundance, along with sand dunes and the Penamint Mountains, which may be snow-capped in the winter. The walls are also the source of Death Valley's oppressive heat, trapping hot air that cools only a negligible amount before sinking back toward the ground.
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