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.
Flaming Mountains, China
Rising out of a barren expanse of sand in the Taklamakan Desert, Flaming Mountain is named for the fiery glow it takes on during certain times of the day. The surface temperature can reach 175 F, and visitors are warned that they may notice the soles of their shoes softening as they walk. The mountain lies along the famous Silk Road that connected China to Europe, and history buffs can scope out the ruins at nearby Gaochang, an ancient Uyghur capital.
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