October 3, 2023 | Mathew Burke

The Hottest Places on Earth

These are the Hottest Places on Earth

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Buckle up for a sizzling journey as we traverse across the parched landscapes of the Earth's hottest spots, where the sun blazes and the grounds crack under extreme temperatures.

From the desolate yet mysteriously captivating terrains of Death Valley to the scalding plains of Kuwait's Mitribah, we're delving into the enigma and allure of the top 10 hottest places on our planet.

Whether these locales serve as unconventional travel destinations or simply stand as natural phenomena to be admired from a safe, cool distance, each tells a unique tale of survival, adaptation, and the mesmerizing spell of the extreme.

Let’s unearth the scorching secrets, hidden beauties, and brutal extremities these heated havens conceal beneath their blazing canopies.

Death Valley, USA

Death ValleyKaspars, Adobe Stock

Known for recording the highest temperature on Earth at 134°F (56.7°C) in 1913, Death Valley, situated in California, is a brutal yet strangely popular travel destination.

The winter months provide a reprieve with temperatures plunging to an average low of 38°F (3°C), offering a window for safer, more comfortable travel.

Despite its extremities, it attracts adventurers and nature photographers drawn to its unique, barren beauty, and stunning geological formations. The area boasts accommodations like The Oasis at Death Valley, allowing visitors to explore while ensuring a comfortable stay.

Mitribah, Kuwait

Kuwait on the mapZerophoto, Adobe Stock

Mitribah, Kuwait recorded one of the highest temperatures on the planet in recent years at 129.2°F (54°C) in 2016.

Traveling to such an extreme location demands preparation. Tourists often flock to Kuwait City where they can experience a blend of modern and traditional Arab cultures, while also perhaps venturing a visit to Mitribah with organized tours, ensuring safety and guidance navigating the intense heat.

Ahvaz, Iran

Bridge in Ahvaz, IranPooryavali, Wikimedia Commons

Ahvaz, Iran is known for reaching a scorching 129°F (53.7°C). While the city itself may not be a major travel destination, its ancient history and the surrounding areas can be of great interest to those fascinated by historical explorations.

Winter sees milder temperatures, making it a feasible travel time for those wishing to explore.


Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley, USA

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Another spot in Death Valley, Furnace Creek Ranch, has hit 128°F (53.3°C). This spot isn't just hot; it's a hot travel destination too! The ranch provides a surprising oasis of golf courses and resorts, making it an attractive, if unconventional, tourist spot.

Turbat, Pakistan

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Turbat in Pakistan has recorded temperatures reaching 128.3°F (53.5°C). It is not conventionally a tourist spot due to its extreme weather conditions, but the resilient city hosts a local population accustomed to the heat, with vibrant local markets and traditions.

Tirat Zvi, Israel

Tall skinny trees in Tirat Zvi, IsraelDorontalmi, Wikimedia Commons

Tirat Zvi, Israel has temperatures that have soared to 129°F (54°C). While the kibbutz itself might not be a widespread tourist attraction, its religious history and the nearby Beit She'an, with ancient ruins and national parks, draw visitors keen on historical and religious exploration.

Timbuktu, Mali

Mosque in Timbuktu, MaliSenani P, Wikimedia Commons

Timbuktu, with temperatures hitting 130°F (54.4°C), is rich in cultural history but is currently considered unsafe for travel due to various geopolitical reasons, despite its intriguing architecture and history.

Kebili, Tunisia

Horse and Cart in Kebili, TunisiaМаксим Улитин, Wikimedia Commons

Kebili, Tunisia has witnessed temperatures of 131°F (55°C). Known for its palm groves and stunning architecture, it’s a spot that caters to those who have a love for history and are keen on exploring ancient towns, albeit in extreme heat.

Ghadames, Libya

Ghadames, LibyaFranzfoto, Wikimedia Commons

Ghadames, Libya, known as 'the pearl of the desert,' has reached temperatures of 131°F (55°C). It's a UNESCO World Heritage site, revered for its stunning desert architecture.

However, traveling there requires careful planning due to geopolitical instability.


Bandar-e Mahshahr, Iran

Bandar-E Mahshahr, Iran on the mapZerophoto, Adobe Stock

Bandar-e Mahshahr in Iran has felt the heat rise to 129.2°F (54°C). This port city, while not a typical tourist spot due to its heat and industrial nature, offers a unique travel experience with its local markets and Iranian culture.

Final Thoughts

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While some of the hottest places on Earth like Death Valley have been turned into unconventional tourist destinations, others remain off the beaten path due to their extreme climates and geopolitical situations.

The daring travelers who decide to explore these destinations should prioritize understanding and respecting the local ways of life, which have been shaped by the extremities of the climate, ensuring safe and respectful adventures.

Always remember: with adequate preparation, caution, and respect for the environment and culture, even the most extreme destinations can offer unforgettable experiences.