Death Valley National Park in the Southeastern corner of California is a place of extremes. On July 10th, 1913 at Furnace Creek, temperatures reached a searing 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degree Celsius) — the hottest ever recorded on Earth. What’s more, at 282 ft below sea level, its the lowest point in North America. Surrounded by soaring mountains, the Valley looks out over some of the most dramatic prominences anywhere on earth. Mt. Whitney rockets up to over 14,000 ft, making Death Valley home to the highest peak in the contiguous United States. Also found within the park are the Mesquite Sand Dunes (pictured) where various scenes from Star Wars were shot in the 1970s, as well as expansive, fissured salt flats that fill with water during the winter months, creating the perfect reflecting pool for the surrounding mountains.