The world is full of fascinating places that attract tourists in their droves. There is a lot of variety in these destinations, from tropical paradises to mountainous peaks, and they attract people ranging from sunseekers to thrill-seekers.
However, as incredible as some locations can be, they can also be very dangerous. While some of these locations aren’t the worst places to visit, there are underlying reasons why you should proceed with care. Here’s a look at some of the most dangerous tourist destinations on the planet.
Death Valley, USA
|Death Valley, USA|
If the Earth is our home, then Death Valley is its scorching hot oven. This stunning desert holds the record for the highest temperature recorded on earth — 56 °C. Death Valley is the largest national park in the contiguous United States, as well as the hottest, driest and lowest of all the national parks in the United States.
The Danakil Desert, Eritrea
|The Danakil Desert, Eritrea|
The Danakil Desert is a desert in northeast Ethiopia, southern Eritrea, and northwestern Djibouti. Situated in the Afar Triangle, it stretches across 136,956 square kilometres of arid terrain. It is inhabited by a few Afar, who engage in salt mining. Baking temperatures that often top 50 degrees C, numerous active volcanoes, geysers that spit toxic gases — it’s hard to imagine a more brutal landscape than Africa’s the Danakil Desert.
Mount Washington, USA
|Mount Washington, USA|
Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288.2 ft and the most topographically prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. The mountain is notorious for its erratic weather. The summit of Mount Washington holds the world record for the fastest winds on the surface of the Earth. The highest recorded speed here is 327 km/h.
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia
|Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia|
Mount Sinabung is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano of andesite and dacite in the Karo plateau of Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 40 kilometres from the Lake Toba supervolcano. This is an active volcano where eruptions occur here very frequently, often leaving thousands of people without shelter or livelihood.
Ilha de Queimada Grande, Brazil
|Ilha de Queimada Grande, Brazil|
Ilha da Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island, is an island off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean. It is administered as part of the municipality of Itanhaém in the State of São Paulo. The island is small in size, only 43 hectares, and has a temperate climate.
Bikini Atoll, The Marshall Islands
Valley of Death, Kamchatka, Russia
|Valley of Death, Kamchatka|
The Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Russian Far East, also has its own Death Valley. It’s located not far from the famous Valley of Geysers. A small area on the Kamchatka Peninsula is known as an animal graveyard. Dangerous for people as well, it's closed off to tourists.
The Elephant Kingdom in Chonburi, Thailand
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Lake Natron, Tanzania
Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a well-known rock formation in the park, named for its distinct shape. One side is a sheer face while the other three sides are smooth and round, making it appear like a dome cut in half.
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