Death Valley, Calif., is the hottest city in the world, setting a temperature record in 1913 at 134 degrees. The record still stands as of 2014.
Badwater Basin, located within Death Valley, is 282 feet below sea level and the lowest point within the western hemisphere. Badwater Basin is located only 90 miles from Mount Whitney, which is the highest peak in the continental United States at 14,505 feet. For 154 consecutive days in Death Valley during the summer of 2001, temperatures reached 100 degrees. During the summer of 1996, temperatures reached over 110 degrees for 105 days and over 120 degrees for 40 days. The ground temperature at Furnace Creek in Death Valley was recorded at 201 degrees on July 15, 1972, and the air temperature was 128 degrees.