Most people take vacations to relax and get in touch with their inner self. Then there are a few, whose only goal is to get an adrenaline rush. For those who are more interested in less relaxing and more adventure, there are places around the world that can be extremely dangerous. Many of these destinations have been successfully conquered by daredevils, but for the inexperienced, it can prove dangerous. Here, we are listing 10 such places for those who love to live an adventurous life.
1. Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
The Yosemite National Park is known for its spectacular and diverse attractions. One such attraction is the Half Dome that requires at least a full day’s trek to reach its peak. It is one of the longest and most dangerous hikes in Yosemite National Park. Daredevils who wish to conquer the peak must rely on metal cables to assist them with their hike. However, one slip of the grip can prove fatal. Half Dome has been responsible for at least 60 incidents that were fatal. Some incidents include slipping from the cables, slick rocks, lightning strikes, heart attacks and failed base jumps. Those who wish to scale the dome must climb over 1,500 meters (5,000 ft), and hikers in distress must call for rescue immediately.
According to the Yosemite Search and Rescue team, more than 60% of their duty involves search and rescue on the dome. In order to assist those in need, the rescue team depend on helicopters and canines who are swift at finding lost hikers. (source)
2. Alnwick Gardens
When most people would rather walk through a garden filled with serene colors, an English duchess created a garden that is filled with poisonous plants. Enclosed behind big black gates, The Poison Garden at England’s Alnwick Garden, was created by Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland. Some of the plants within the closed gates include Atropa belladonna, Strychnos nux-vomica, and Conium maculatum. These plants are extremely dangerous and have warning signs posted almost everywhere: “Do not touch any of the plants, don’t even smell them. There are plants here that can seriously harm you”. Since some of the plants in the garden can cause serious harm, they are either caged or behind gates and are under 24 hour surveillance to make sure that no one gets close. (source)
3. Cliffs Of Moher, Ireland
Ireland is known for its beauty and the Cliffs Of Moher is one such location. It is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions and is also one of the most dangerous. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world flock together to witness the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, while standing at the edge of the cliffs. The edges of the cliffs are not equipped with guard rails or walls, providing visitors with an unobstructed view. At the same time, it makes the breathtaking view more dangerous. Signs are posted everywhere that informs visitors to stay away from the edges but daredevils always risk their lives for the ultimate experience.
To make things even worse, powerful and unpredictable winds constantly sweep across the Cliffs of Moher. Other factors that make the visit extremely dangerous is loose gravel, unpredictable rains, steep paths and unstable edges. In 2010, a huge chunk of one of the cliffs gave away and fell into the ocean. While it’s certainly one of the most dangerous destinations in the world, it still isn’t enough to keep people away who are seeking an adrenaline rush. (source)
4. El Caminito Del Rey, Spain
For those who love to hike and like to add some adventure to the experience, El Caminito Del Rey in Spain is the ultimate destination. The man-made pathway is only about 1 meter (3 ft) wide (in the places that it still exists) and extends through a sheer cliff face about 100 meters (330 ft) tall. Technically, the place is closed to the public after numerous lives were claimed from 1999-2000. That however, does not stop adventure seekers from making the hike.
Daring men and women risk their lives by walking on the musky wooden path while holding on to rusted support beams. Some of the walkway is broken and hikers have to carefully traverse around it by jumping. If you have a fear of heights, this would be a great place to face your fears. Currently, renovation projects are being taken to secure the walkway and make it safer for hikers. (source)
5. Trift Bridge, Switzerland
Located 300 feet high in the Swiss Alps and extending 560 feet long, the Trift Bridge is one of the longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the Alps. Getting to the bridge requires one to take three cable car rides. Built in 2009, the bridge might look as if it’s ready to topple, but it’s actually built to withstand immense weight and pressure. However, if you are an acrophobe (someone who is afraid of heights), then you will likely want to avoid it. It is poised above the region of the Trift Glacier and is modeled after the Nepalese three-rope bridges. (source)
6. Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
Hawaii has three active volcanoes, the most dangerous being Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the volcano has been erupting on a continuous basis since 1983, with the last dramatic eruption occurring on May 3, 2018. Lava flowing from Kilauea can reach extremely close to the town of Pahoa, leading to evacuations every time the volcano erupts. According to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park system, at least 40 recorded incidents related to the volcano occurs every year. Causes include a hazardous mix of gases, known as lava haze, which can be particularly harmful for visitors who already suffer from asthma and/or heart conditions. (source)
7. Chernobyl, Russia
Since the nuclear disaster occurred on April 26, 1986, Chernobyl has been a controlled zone. However, tourists can still make trips to this unique and uninhabited land with special authorizations and protective gear to eliminate exposure to radiation. Every year, more than 60,000 tourists are drawn to Pripyat, a city frozen in time. Tours that are as long as two hours are available through the Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone, that shows what the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine) was like in 1986. The only thing visitors can do is simply watch the abandoned zones since everyone is advised against touching any objects or vegetation or even sitting on the ground, as everything is contaminated with radiation. (source)
8. The Colorado river system
Water rafting and kayaking can be a fun sport for the whole family but if not careful, the Colorado river system can be extremely dangerous. The 1,450-mile-long Colorado River traverses through Colorado, California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and even through the Grand Canyon, so it’s no surprise that thousands head to its banks for recreational purposes every year. However, visitors don’t really understand how dangerous the river system can be; especially after heavy rains and an increase in melted snow. Most incidents are related to drowning since visitors lack proper safety education or equipment before heading out into the waterways. (source)
9. Skellig Michael
Skellig Michael has remained an integral part of Irish culture for centuries but has recently been making the news after it was revealed that the location was one of the filming locations for Star Wars. Established sometime between the sixth and eighth centuries, the location has remained inaccessible due to its terrain. Monks found this to their advantage and started a monastic settlement and today, it’s a World Heritage site.
Visitors who wish to make the trip to Skellig Michael are greeted with an online video tutorial that explains the features of the island. In the video, tourists are reminded of the 600 winding steps along the side of the island and that there are no safety features to aid them during their ascend. To make things even more difficult, visitors have to bring their own food and water since there are none available upon reaching the destination. Also, there are no toilets or shelters in case of a storm. So, visiting Skellig Michael is ultimately the travelers choice as to whether they want to risk their lives or not. (source)
10. Praia De Boa Viagem, Brazil
Praia de Boa Viagem has remained one of the most famous beaches in Brazil for decades. The warm climate, sandy shores, blue waters and urban nightlife attracts thousands of visitors every year. However, just beyond the clear waters lurks something that is extremely dangerous. Since 1992, the picturesque beach has been plagued by sharks and several cases are reported every year. Bull sharks that love shallow, coastal waters are a constant threat to swimmers and surfers alike. Although many safety features and lifeguards are present to ensure the safety of visitors, more than 56 shark attacks have been reported between 1992 and 2012. (source)
Bonus: Pattaya Elephant Kingdom, Thailand
This is the only place on the list where the city is not dangerous but the attractions are. The Pattaya Elephant Kingdom is known as one of the most dangerous tourist destinations in the world. Some of the attractions include riding elephants on alligator infested waters and going on a raft where visitors can feed alligators. Visitors who wish to get a selfie or too close to the animals can become a meal themselves. (source)