17 Most Dangerous Places To Visit

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Published on 07 Oct 2019 / In Travel & Events

Danger can mean anything from crime rate and unpredictable weather to steep ground and more. What makes these places the most dangerous to visit in the world? Keep watching to find out.

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7. Hawaii’s Volcano Tours
Hawaii is known for its volcanic activity. Naturally, tourists want to get a closer look at its world-famous volcanoes, but beware because that sightseeing trip can turn deadly. Many helicopter and bicycle companies will get you to the top for around $100. From 1992-2002 the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reported 45 major injuries and 40 deaths. Some die from losing control of their bikes and some from the lava haze, which looks like a harmless cloud of water vapor, but in reality contains a toxic mix of hydrochloric acid, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. These gases can cause asphyxiation, asthma, and heart conditions.

6. New Smyrna Beach
You'll find lots of swimmers, surfers, and sharks at Florida's famed New Smyrna Beach. The beach is often called one of the most dangerous beaches in the world. Since 1882, records show New Smyrna Beach to be the location of nearly 300 shark attacks. The Guinness Book of World Records named it the “Shark Capital of the World.” You’d think people would avoid this place altogether, but this beach counts as a notable surfing spot as well. Swim at your own risk.

5. Alnwick Gardens
Who doesn’t enjoy a pleasant stroll through a well-manicured proper English garden? You might want to think twice if you visit Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England. After inheriting the castle, the Duchess of Northumberland decided to revamp the gardens. She thought ordinary flowers were uninteresting, so she planted poisonous ones instead. Thus the Poison Garden was born. The path allows visitors to stand far enough away from the plants that they can’t smell or touch them, but some people do faint from the toxic fumes the plants release into the air. In addition to the poisonous plants, the Duchess also included coca and cannabis plants, to demonstrate how they can be deadly, too.

4. Mont Blanc
When you think of the French Alps, you probably don’t associate it the highest fatality rate of all the mountains in Europe. Mont Blanc is the tallest mountain in Europe, measuring to 15,780 feet or 4,809 meters tall, making it dangerous enough already by sheer height. 100 hikers per year die on the mountain. Amateur climbers should not try to climb Mont Blanc, yet a lot of beginners make up the 20,000 people that visit the summit each year.

3. Death Road, Bolivia
Biking down Yungas Road is just about the most dangerous bike rides in the world. That’s why it earned the nickname “Death Road.” Almost 300 bikers are killed annually trying to make it to the end of this narrow, steep road. The road is so dangerous that people from the adjacent town say a prayer before they use it. The drop from the side is 164 feet and those not daunted by their possible demise, speed across the path going around 40 miles per hour. So many people have lost their lives traveling this death road that graves and shrines now line the route. Not the best sign when you’re packing up to take a spin.

2. Skellig Michael
For those unfamiliar with Skellig Michael, you can catch a glimpse of it in the latest Star Wars movie. Monks settled on this very remote island off the coast of Ireland between 600 and 800 AD. The monks chose this location specifically because it was hard to find and navigate. Visitors to Skellig Michael must endure an hour-long boat ride through rough seas. Once they arrive there, there is no guarantee that they will be able to dock, due to the high waves and choppy water. If they do make it ashore, they will not find the typical tourist amenities such as food, water, bathrooms, shelter, or a visitor center. Navigating the island is dangerous as well because to reach the site, you have to climb 600 ancient stone steps that wind up the side of a mountain, without any handrails. Two deaths have been reported so far.

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