Everyone wants to have a fun an exciting trip when they go on vacation, but if you aren’t careful, you can end up turning your fun vacation into a dangerous outing. When planning our trip, make sure you are informed on what locations will actually be suited best for you.
Hundreds of tourist find themselves situations each year simply because they did not research their planned trip well enough. It might seem like a great idea to hike that treacherous trail or climb that mountain for the perfect view, but if you aren’t careful, you could end up getting more than you bargained for.
The key to not ending up in a situation that could ruin your entire trip is planning. Make sure you know just exactly what you are getting into. Research the location and pack accordingly. If you plan on going on a long hike, make sure to bring plenty of food and water.
It isn’t a bad idea to always have an emergency kit on hand either. Being prepared goes a long way in making sure that you enjoy your trip and stay safe, no matter where you plan on visiting. Here are some things you might want to know about the 30 most dangerous tourist spots.
1. Death Valley
Death Valley should be a dead giveaway that this is a dangerous tourist spot. Dozens of tourist underestimate this destination every year. Temperatures can reach up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit with almost no shade to take shelter. If you are not properly prepared before entering the park, you can find yourself overheated, dehydrated, and falling victim to hallucinations.
It is important always to be prepared before hiking in any environment that experiences extreme heat. Make sure to pack plenty of water and food. Consider wearing a hat and bringing lots of sunscreens. Most sunscreen has to be applied every 30 minutes. If you come prepared, this could be a beautiful destination for your vacation.
2. Skellig Michael
Skellig Michael is a tourist destination off the coast of Ireland. It was actually the location where Star Wars shot one of its movies. It has gained a lot of attraction since the movie was shot there, but it is not the safest place for tourist. This destination features over 600 steps up the side of the island. There is no handrails or any other safety features.
This makes it extremely easy to slip and fall. Since the steps are made out of stone, they can also be jagged. It is also known to be prone to falling rocks. If you plan on visiting this location, make sure to wear shoes that will provide you with extra traction and to stay aware of your surroundings. The view from the top is worth the visit, but only if you take all the safety precautions that you can.
3. Danakil Desert
This is another tourist location that is known for its extreme heat. It isn’t the most popular tourist location as it is located in Eritrea, North Africa, but it does take its toll on dozens of tourist each year.
Since there is very little shade and the temperatures reach as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit, it is important to come prepared if you do decide to visit it. Bring lots of water an anything that can be used to keep the sun out of your face. Don’t forget that sunscreen either.
4. Volcano Tours in Hawaii
This might not be a very specific location, but any of the volcano tours in Hawaii that take you to active volcanoes should fall into this category. It I possible to hike or bike up some of the active volcanoes in Hawaii, and many have claimed many tourists each year. Some have even been temporarily shut down.
Not only are these trails to the volcanos very hazardous, the temperatures can also get very high towards the top. There could also be lava haze and large amounts of carbon dioxide in the air as well. This can make it hard to breathe, causing someone to pass out.
5. Mount Washington
This is a very popular tourist location among Americans. It seems everyone wants to explore the top of Mount Washington, but you might not know what you are getting yourself into. The peak stands at 6,288 feet, which doesn’t even come close to making it the highest summit.
The problem here isn’t the height of Mount Washington. It is the force of the winds at the top. The gust can sometimes reach up to 203 miles per hour. Now image your tiny body trying to stand up to these gust of winds. Partner this with the jagged rocks, and it is very likely you might get an injury before even attempting to climb back down.
6. Snake Island
Snake Island is an island located in Brazil. Its official name is Iha da Queimada Grande. This island is homes to thousands of snakes. This might not seem like a big deal since every location has snakes, but the island has so many that it is highly unlikely you would go even a minute without seeing one.
These are extremely venomous. It isn’t even legal to visit the place, but this doesn’t stop tourist from trying. If you plan on trying to sneak onto the island to see what all the fuss is about, I recommend you skip it. You might not live to tell about it.
7. Yosemite Half Dome
This tourist trap is located in Yosemite, California. Around 60 people have died attempting to climb this steep point. The trail takes all day and is no small task. Most of the trail leads through very steep points, and the last 400 ft is practically vertical. If you underestimate this trail, it might be the last thing you do.
In total, it is 5,000 feet high. It is prone to falling rocks, and if the trail is wet, you are very likely to slip and fall. This is not a trail you want to fall on. Not only do you risk and injury from a rock, if you fall in the right spot, it could be a long way down.
8. Madidi National Park
Madidi National Park is a beautiful location that most tourists recommend visiting. It has very diverse scenery and offers views that you can’t get anywhere else. If you are looking for a one of a kind experience, this location could really provide that for you.
With all that in mind, this tourist spot is also very dangerous. It is one of the most poisonous locations in the world, although you might never know it. It has everything from poisonous plants to frogs. If you decide to visit, don’t touch anything or every put anything in our mouth.
9. Praia De Boa Viagem, Brazil
Praia De Boa Viagem is a beautiful beach located in Brazil. It features everything from clean sandy beaches, clear blue water, and the wonderful sight of a nearby cities skyline. What more could a tourist ask for?
Well if you are thinking about swimming in this little piece of heaven, you might want to think again. This area has had over 56 shark attaches over the years. This might not seem like a lot when you consider that it has been over 20 years, but some of us might not want to risk it.
10. Valley of Death
You might be thinking we already did this one, but this is actually Russia’s version of Death Valley. Since this location is located more north, it is not known for sky-high temperatures. Instead, it offers its own deadly conditions.
The Valley of Death leaks poisonous fumes from the ground. These fumes come from local volcanos and geysers. Breathing in these gases can cause dizziness, fever, and other symptoms that cause you to run to the nearest hospital. If you plan on visiting this location, it is recommended not to stay long and to breath lightly.
11. Cliffs of Mother
This is located in Ireland and is one of the most beautiful locations on this list. The beautiful ocean sites that can be seen from the top draw in many tourists each year, but there are multiple hazards to be aware of before visiting.
There can be high force winds, unpredictable rain showers, loose gravel, and steep trails. This makes it very likely for you to fall or even be swept off over the side of the cliff. It is important to be aware of your surrounds and take necessary precautions if you plan on visiting this location, so you don’t become one of its many victims.
12. Elephant Kingdom
If you want to see elephants on your vacation, this is not the place for you. Despite its name, there are no elephants to be seen here. It is actually a place for tourist to sightsee crocodiles and other faunae.
I don’t have to be the one to tell you how dangerous crocodiles can be. If you plan on visiting this location, make sure you stay with your tour guide if you want to remain safe. This might not be the most dangerous location on this list, but if you go off exploring on your own, you might wish you hadn’t.
13. The Kokoda And Black Cat Trails
Ths Kokoda And Black Cat Trails are located in Papua New Guinea, and it is a hot, humid, leech-infested 60-mile trail. The length of this hike and the leeches is diffidently what makes it so dangerous. It takes 6 days from start to finish.
It is important to bring lots of water, food, and protection. You will want sunscreen, something to shade you from the sun, and protection for the leeches. Tall socks and long pants can help protect you. As long as you are prepared for the hike, it won’t be as dangerous as you might think.
14. Lake Natron
Lake Natron is located in Tanzania and is not a lake for ecosystems to thrive. Instead, it is a pit of death, and that will consume all that enter. It has such a toxic concoction that is preserves everything that enters it, including birds and bugs.
The lake has a reflective surface which attracts many birds and other animals. As beautiful as it is, it is not a place recommended to visit if you can’t control yourself from attempting to touch the surface. You might not be happy with what happens after.
15. The Colorado River System
The Colorado River System offers many beautiful sites, but the current can be so powerful that it can be hard to navigate. What has caused this system to become so hazardous is that the snowpack from higher up in the mountains has begun to melt.
Many tourists enjoy extreme white water rafting in this location, but it is highly dangerous. Many tourists have drowned while on vacation at this location. If you are skilled white water rafter, this might be a great challenge for you, but if you are new, I suggest picking a different spot for your trip.
16. The Grand Canyon
Not many tourists would think that the Grand Canyon could be dangerous, but any location can be dangerous if you are not careful. This spot features trails that you can follow down to the bottom with a tour guide.
What makes this spot so dangerous is the possibility of falling rocks, dehydration and poisonous snakes. There has also been several plane crashes around the location as well. It is important to take a tour guide and be prepared if you decided to follow the trails in the Grand Canyon.
17. New Smyrna Beach
Here is another location that you won’t think much of. It is a beautiful beach with nice sandy ground and clear blue water, but it is hiding a deathly secret. Well, it isn’t much of a secret to the locals, but if you’re a tourist, you might never guess that it is known for a high value of shark attaches.
It is located in Florida, and a few years ago it was considered the shark capital for the world. This is due to the large value of shark attaches. Most breeds of sharks don’t usually openly attach people, but if you are on a floaty or a board that might make you look like a large fish, watch out!
18. Alnwick Gardens
Alnwick Gardens is located in Northumberland, England. It is known as the Poison Garden because the plants that live there can literally kill you. A Dutchess bought and planted the garden as an attraction for kids since they don’t seem to be interested in ordinary plant life.
If you do plan to visit this garden, caution is advised. If you want to stop and admire the plants, make sure to keep your distance. Keeping too close can result in the end of your life. Don’t let your kids go wondering either.
19. Death Road, La Paz
This wasn’t originally planned to be a tourist spot, but it has developed into one from its reputation as one of the deadliest roads in the world. It is 43 miles long and 2,000 feet high. There isn’t even one guard rail, and accidents resulting in death are very common.
Many people visit this location to admire the crosses that litter the roadside and pay their respects to the people who have passed. Fatalities have reached up to 300 per year, making it a location that only the bravest tourist dare visit.
20. Miyake Island, Honshu
Miyake Island is an island that formed around Mount Oyama. Mount Oyama is a volcano that continued to erupt so many times that everyone had to be moved off of the island in 2000. People have started to move back towards the outer edges.
If a tourist wants to visit the volcano they have to wear gas mas. The air that surrounds the island is often too toxic to breathe and can lead to suffocation. Even though the gases are very dangerous as long as you don’t take your mask off, you should be fine.
21. The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are located in Ireland and provide some of the most beautiful sites one might ever see in their lifetime. With that in mind, they do also provide a lot of opportunities to fall to your demise.
The ground is particularly wet, and often there is gravel towards the edges that can be very slippery. If you get too close to the edge, it might be the last thing you ever do. If you want to see the Cliffs and live to tell about it, maybe don’t get too close to the edge.
The Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is one of the peaks in the French Alps. This peak is known for taking close to 100 tourists each year, sometimes even more. It is also the tallest mountain in all of Europe. It is easily accessible, which makes it appealing to so many tourists.
Since it is easy to get to, a lot of tourists who aren’t prepared to navigate such difficult peaks will attempt it just for the convenience. It is important to be careful when skiing and not attempt anything out of your own skillset. This is why so many people die here each year.
23. The Cage of Death
The Cage of Death is located in Crocosaurus Cove theme park. Now you might not think that something inside of a theme park could be dangerous, but you are dead wrong. Visitors are allowed to climb into a transparent container to get up and close with a 16 foot, 800-pound crocodiles.
The container has been damaged before, but no injury occurred. The contained has since been redesigned to hold up better, but it is still a risk that tourists take each time they get lowered into the pool of crocodiles.
24. Boiling Lake
The Boiling Lake is located in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The water in this lake can reach temperatures of 100 degrees Celsius, that’s 212 Fahrenheit! That very hot water. The lake is 250 by 200 feet, and the water is always boiling.
There are also vapor clouds that hover over the lake as well. Most people don’t get close enough to be injured, but if you were to slip into the lake, you would not make it out. It is best to keep your distance when visiting this tourist attraction.
25. El Caminito del Rey
This is the deadliest hike in Spain and is even one of the top ten deadliest hikes in the world. It features narrow pathways, no handrails, slippery gravel, and even thin bridges that require you to balance on it perfectly to be able to make it across.
With the right safety equipment, this hike is more frightening than it is dangerous. This is certainly a trail that any thrill seeker could attempt, but only if they are fully equipped and prepared. One wrong move, and they might not make it home.
26. Hua Shan Plank Path
This attraction is located in China and isn’t necessarily the most popular tourist attraction on this list. Apparently, the fear of dying does tend to keep most people away, but a lot of thrill seekers feel the must attempt to make it over the path at least once.
This is a narrow plank path and stretches from one side of a mountain to the other. There is a climbing harness that should protect you in the event of a fall, but the height is so high that there is danger of your passing out.
27. Princess Juliana International Airport.
This airport is located in Darwin and features a very short runway. The airport or the planes that leave it aren’t necessarily the dangerous part; it is the fence the separates the runways from the beach. Since the runway is so short, the planes just clear the fence.
Tourist and even some locals find it very thrilling to hang on to the fence while these planes take off. The force from the planes are so strong that they often throw the people from the fence and cause serious injury.
28. Devils Pools
The Devils Pools are a very popular tourist trap and offer warm waters and beautiful mountain views. As wonderful as it sounds, there is one very large drawback, it sits at the top of some seriously high waterfalls.
355 feet in the air, these pools are considered seriously dangerous. One slip down the side and you will never be seen again. Maybe when visiting, you take extra cautious not to get too close to the edge.
Possibly the most dangerous place on Earth, it is not a place that is intended to be visited by tourist. The place used to be a town that surrounded a Nuclear Power Plant that experienced a serious meltdown. The entire location is still covered in life-threatening radiation.
This means that any tourist who ignores the warnings and decides to step inside of Chernobyl is risking serious illness and taking years off of their life. The entire city is still abandoned and features some animals that have been deformed from living in the radiation filled environment.
30. North Korea
North Korea has a lot of misconceptions surrounding it, but one thing for sure is that it is still under the rule of communist. It is hard to travel to North Korea, but it is possible. Even though it is possible, it is not recommended.
North Korea’s laws are very different from the laws everywhere else in the world, and they are very strict about enforcing them. You could end up in jail for doing something that is very acceptable anywhere else. North Korea jails are not something that any tourist ever wants to see.