8 Most Dangerous Places for Tourists in America – Looks Can be Deceiving

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Many tourists like to go to places that are hard to reach to be one of the few who visited it. Others just love wild nature because it is so gorgeous and untouched. But even though it looks so peaceful, it doesn’t mean you are safe there.

Nexter.org prepared you a list of the 8 most dangerous travel destinations.

Mount Rainier National Park

Source: Nathan Lee Allen

Mount Rainier is the tallest peak in Washington state and an active volcano. Its last eruption happened like 1,000 years ago but it still causes small earthquakes from time to time. Although that’s not the worst thing that can happen to a tourist. Temperatures near the summit of Mount Rainier are extremely cold, severe winds can cause avalanches even in the summer and hypothermia already took lives of several unprepared hikers.

There is also an especially deadly place: Liberty Ridge. In the 1980s 11 people died in an avalanche and in 2014 six climbers fell from 3,000 feet on their way to the summit.

 

The Wave

Source: Horseshoe Bend

The Wave is one of the most photographed landscapes in North America but people call it “the devil’s playground” which, obviously, is not a good sign. Temperatures there can get higher than 100-degrees, trails are unmarked and the terrain is very confusing. In 2013, a 27-year-old Elisabeth Bervel died of cardiac arrest as well as three other people, and that’s just that month.

 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a very beautiful place. It is one of the largest preservations of Mesozoic strata anywhere in the world. But it is also quite dangerous. One of the most notorious places is Lake Powell where many people had boating accidents and even drowned. Only in June 2013, six people died there.

 

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Source:  Mapio

Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the US with picturesque mountainous terrain and shimmering waters. Sounds like heaven. But actually, it is usually ranked as one of the most dangerous parks in the country with many boating and auto accidents as well as drowning deaths.

Lake Mead spokeswoman Christie Vanover said, “It’s really not the party crowd. It’s people who don’t understand the power of the lake. Some people think it’s like a swimming pool.” There has also been assaults and other violent crimes. So, now it does not seem like a good vacation spot.

 

Death Valley

Source: National Parks Conservation Association

This place’s name speaks for itself. Only its extreme temperatures can be highly dangerous to unprepared travelers.

In 1996 a family of German tourists went missing in the beautiful but remote Butte Valley. Death Valley wilderness coordinator Charlie Callagan said, “It’s what I’m beginning to call death by GPS. People are renting vehicles with GPS, and they’ve no idea how it works, and they’re willing to trust the GPS to lead them into the middle of nowhere.”

Moreover, another spot there, the Barker Ranch used to be a hideout to serial killer Charles Manson and his Family.

 

Glacier National Park

Source: Trip101

Glacier National Park was named an International Biosphere Reserve, a world heritage site, and the world’s first international peace park. But 2–3 people die each year on its land from different causes like avalanches, rockslides, other falling objects that have crushed tourists and climbers. But drownings top the list.

“If you bore down in the statistics, you find out many of those victims were alone and got themselves in trouble,” said Eric Gabriel, branch chief for ranger activities in Glacier.

Moreover, at least 10 visitors of this park died from grizzly bear attacks.

 

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is both very beautiful and very deadly. It’s home to many different predators as well as drug smugglers and human traffickers, who drive through it on their way to and from Mexico. The park was closed from 2003 to 2014 due to illegal activity. But thanks to the cooperation of Border Control it has reopened to the public with better security.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited national park. It is stunning and offers people a lot of fun things to do. But, unfortunately, many people also die there. Some from automobile accidents, drowning, and also several people went missing here.

Did you know these places have such a bad reputation?


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8 Most Dangerous Places for Tourists in America - Looks Can be Deceiving
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Many tourists like to go to places that are hard to reach to be one of the few who visited it. Others just love wild nature because it is so gorgeous and untouched. But even though it looks so peaceful, it doesn't mean you are safe there. Nexter.org prepared you a list of the 8 most dangerous travel destinations.
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