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12 Most Dangerous Tourist Attractions in the World!

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Most Dangerous Tourist Destinations

If you are looking for some great destinations for your next vacation, there are a number of dangerous tourist attractions that you may want to avoid. Many of these locations have been made into tourist attractions in order to generate an income for the location, however due to the inherant danger of these locations, it is probably in your best intrest to avoid them. Here are twelve of the most dangerous tourist attractions in the world.

12. Chernobyl Tours

Chernobyl
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The site of a nuclear disaster in 1986 near Prypiat, Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant offers tours for those who are curious about the disaster and want to see the site in person. The management of the Chernobyl tours assure you that any remaining radiation levels from the disaster are too small to harm your health, but the danger may not just be toward your physical health. After taking the tour, you may find that you have been changed inside as well.

11. Death Road Tour

Known as the most dangerous road in the world, the 60 kilometer expanse of highway running between La Paz and Coroico, Bolivia has claimed numerous lives. The North Yungas Road is as small as 10 feet across in some locations and has no guardrails to keep you from falling over the edge. If you have the misfortune of going over the edge, your vehicle would come to rest after falling more than 2,000 feet to the bottom off the canyon.

10. Bungee Jumping into an Active Volcano

It might not be the smartest thing to do, but it will definitely get your blood pumping. For $10,000, you can bungee jump from a helicopter into the mouth of Chile's Villarrica volcano. The volcano is active with pools of white-hot lava bubbling below where you will come within 213 meters of the pool of molten lava.

9. Swim in Shark Infested Waters

When you really want to test what you are made from, try swimming in shark infested waters. The New Smyrna Beach in Florida is known as the shark capital of the world. Just an hour northeast of Orlando, New Smyrna Beach features inviting white sandy beaches, but beware. Just a short distance into the water, danger awaits.

8. Volcano Helicopter Tours

Seeing the inside of an active volcano from a helicopter sounds like a great idea, but it can also be a deadly one. Many people have taken the risk by touring the inside of active volcanoes on the Hawaiian Islands with Hawaiian Island helicopter tours. The tours have not always come out as planned, with over 30 people having died from helicopter crashes during the tours since 1995.

7. Climbing Mont Blanc on the French/Italian Border

Climbing Mt Blanc
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Mountain climbing is a dangerous sport anyway, but attempting to climb Mont Blanc is to tempt death itself. The mountain reaches a peak of 4,877 meters with wind gusts reaching 95 kilometers near the top. If the extreme temperatures dont get you, the wind will. There were more than 50 people who died on the mountain in 2008 alone.

6. Swimming with the Jellyfish

Swimming with Jelly Fish
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The greatest predator in Australia is not a shark, a snake or even a crocodile. It's a box jellyfish. Located on the Northern coastline of Australia near the mouth of the rivers, the box jellyfish seems harmless, but has killed more people than all other deadly Australian animals combined.

5. Cliff Jumping at Bash Bish Falls

The Bash Bish Falls in Massachusetts are very beautiful and a great place to take pictures, but the Falls harbor some hidden dangers. The Bash Bish Falls look great, but the edges of the cliffs have claimed many lives with crumbling ledges as well as pools that are shallower than expected.

4. Climbing Mount Cook in New Zealand

Climbing Mount Cook in New Zealand
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The Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand looks like an idyllic place to climb. But the park is prone to avalanches and conditions that prevent rescuers from reaching you when you are in danger. The park has claimed many would-be and professional climbers.

3. Beautiful yet Deadly Destination

Tsunami Warning
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One of the most inviting destinations is also one of the most deadly. The island of Vanuatu has fantastic South Pacific beaches, that often experience tsunamis from earthquakes as well as cyclones and active volcanoes.

2. Tobaggan on an Active Volcano

Tobaggan down the outside of the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua. The volcano erupted in 1999, but the tobaggan guide swears he will know if it is about to erupt. You will still have to deal with gravel burns when you travel at 68 km an hour over the rocky terrain.

1. Walk the Plank at Mt. Huashan China

Hike along the face of Mount Huashan in China, thousands of feet in the air as you walk over wooden 12 inch wide planks tied into the face of the cliffs. This is definitely not a family friendly activity.  It doesn't sound that bad, but there are NO hand rails, and the only thing keeping you on the side of the mountain is a safety harness, if you so choose to buy one. If you plan on checking out Mt. Huashan, I've got a simple travel tip for you.  Get some good hiking shoes and watch your step!

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Comments

Jan 23, 2012 3:24pm
tekaha
the mt huashan attraction gave me a heart attack! good list! i might point out that helicopter rides in general seem to be a bit dangerous in Hawai'i not just volcano helicopter rides (i actually think it would be cool to do a volcano helicopter ride!).
Jan 23, 2012 4:04pm
Jerky
From a pilot's perspective, flying a helicopter over an active volcano is absolutely insane. As the super hot air rises, it causes massive turbulence. If the air gets too "swirly" the rotor blades won't have anything to bite into and BAM, down you go, completely out of control. Doesn't matter how good or experienced the pilot is, if the air is bad, the chopper simply won't work.
Jan 23, 2012 5:36pm
egdcltd
Some people get bored too easily if they're doing these things for fun.
Jan 23, 2012 5:39pm
Introspective
Fantastic article, wonderful use of photos and videos!
Jan 23, 2012 7:27pm
ZackProser
Nice one - I used to live down the road from Blue Hawaiian helicopters
Jan 23, 2012 8:05pm
Ernie
Walking the Plank at Mt. Huashan China is flipping crazy!!!
Jan 23, 2012 10:05pm
homebaseincome
Great Pictures. I like the way you have content then video content and picture.
Jan 23, 2012 10:07pm
ZiggyD
This article is fantastic, and the views are climbing massively. Looks viral to me!
Jan 23, 2012 11:40pm
vicdillinger
Great -- I get ot be the guy to hive it its first "Thumb's up!" Whew, that was tough stretching ALL the way up to that button to click it... Excellent job, gentlemen (I'm curious how many man-hours you spent researching, writing the draft, assembling material, editing, etc.)
Jan 24, 2012 7:27am
dmcmahan
Watching the last two videos made my hands sweat. I am not really scared of heights but that is crazy!
Jan 24, 2012 1:22pm
JadeDragon
Wow the Blivian death road scares me! I like adventure travel but some things are too adventuresome for me.
Jan 24, 2012 1:30pm
Knighttrader
I love this article
Jan 24, 2012 6:02pm
Maxwell
Very well done!
Jan 24, 2012 6:13pm
kcallarman
I get nervous just reading about them!!! Great article!!
Jan 29, 2012 1:24pm
dansoph
Fantastic article mate, really enjoyed it.
Jan 29, 2012 1:33pm
inkedwriter
I would sooner die than walk out on that plank. I don't care if the safety harness is designed to hold a herd of elephants, I'm not going...LOL. Great article.
Jan 29, 2012 4:32pm
kitesnsights
This is a great article! I would love to do most of these things. Thank you!
Jan 29, 2012 7:05pm
WebAddict
I wouldn't take the risk just to get the high of an adventure. :)
Jan 30, 2012 5:58am
KrisSigeti
That stuff is crazy! And the Falls in MA is so close, its tempting!
Jan 30, 2012 8:06pm
Aleo
Terrifying!
Jan 31, 2012 10:13am
Uniasus
I had no idea Mt. Cook was so dangerous, I almost did that when I was in New Zealand last year and know several people who've done it. Now I wanna go back and do it.
Feb 2, 2012 2:42am
rdevansii
Yeah, you wouldn't see a plank trail here in the U.S. Too many sue happy people that would take the chance of nearly falling and blaming it on the person that built the trail instead of rethinking of why are they standing on a plank that is literally 1000's of feet up with no railing for say....hmm... Scary...:)
Great article!
Feb 4, 2012 7:06am
miravu
Fantastic article! Just watching the videos on Mt Huashan had my heart pumping. Crazy!
Feb 4, 2012 10:45pm
southerngirl09
More excitement than I can handle! Good job!
Feb 9, 2012 2:56am
susanaseo
Well, this looks to be really scary. I wish that I will manage to go on some of these dangerous tourist destination. Nice article. Also, hajj is one of the scary and wonderful tours in the world with millions of gatherings around and there is always risk for stampede. cheap hajj packages
Feb 15, 2012 1:57pm
Deborah-Diane
These all sound like really scary things to do ... despite the fact that we really did fly in a helicopter over the erupting volcano in Hawaii (and had our young children with us). You could feel the bottom of the helicopter heat up as we hovered overhead, looking down into the bubbling cauldron. The next day several people were killed! We realized what a foolish risk we had taken! Despite that, we have always been glad that we did it. (Does that sound crazy??) Fascinating article!
Feb 15, 2012 11:52pm
ShogunWriter
I would sooner eat lunch on the picnic tables at Chernobyl or hang suspended over an active volcano before voluntarily going into the water with the Box Jellies. Great choice for an article and selection of videos!
Feb 27, 2012 4:00pm
Lynsuz
Very impressive article.
Feb 28, 2012 4:59pm
askformore
Great article! It inspired me a lot. Thank you!
Feb 28, 2012 8:36pm
Prestissimo
Oh my, these attractions look terrifyingly interesting. I try to keep away from them but....you know what curiosity did to the cat. :) Nice read
Apr 8, 2013 6:22am
adragast
Nice list. Just looking at the plank (no 1) gives me vertigo... This is just a crazy world...
Feb 6, 2014 10:28pm
sofihasan86
Love the pictures! And great articles as always!
Nov 18, 2014 9:43pm
larryf
Referring to attraction number 11 I have seen roads just as narrow and treacherous in Eastern Kentucky that big coal trucks travel and when you look down over the side you can see the tops of big trees so far down that if you went over the edge you would starve before hitting them.
Jan 22, 2015 7:45pm
dsswill
Mont Blanc is far from "staring death in the face". In the winter it's a medium difficulty climb and in the summer you can ascent in trail runners and carrying nothing but a bottle of water, it only sees so many deaths because it sees so many attempts, just like Kilimanjaro, it's nothing but an easy mid altitude hike but 1-2 people die on it a year just because of the masses of people who hike it
Mar 30, 2015 9:53am
Shaddymak
great piece. Keep writing friend
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