25 Most Dangerous Tourist Attractions

Not all vacations are about lounging by the side of the pool. Some travelers enjoy the exhilaration that comes from staring death in the face and walking away unscathed. Confused? We don't get the appeal either. But for this reason, there are many popular tourist attractions which are notoriously dangerous.

While there are plenty of ways to safely get an adrelaine rush, what's the fun in that? Why not seek thrills and put your life in danger at the same time? There are plenty of reasons, but that doesn't seem to deter tourists hell-bent on putting their lives on the line. And we have to admit--some of these places do almost look cool enough to take on the risks. Almost. 

Whether it's the aggressive wildlife, treacherous geography, or just good, old-fashioned nuclear radiation, these spots should be reserved for the recklessly brave only. Here are the 25 most dangerous tourist destinations on earth! 

Alnwick Gardens


Despite its harmless sounding names, this is not your grandmother’s garden. The Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy, decided to collect some of the rarest plants in the world, even including some deadly ones into the mix. Although visitors are kept at a distance from the dangerous plants, anyone who would sneak into the Poison Garden would be making their last mistake.

(image via Steve F, CC)

Did you know...

  • You've heard of the phrase "wanderlust," but do you know the German word "fernweh"? It means "far sickness" or an intensely strong urge to travel. The next time you feel the need to head out on a road trip, you've got a case of fernweh. And the only cure is to travel somewhere new!
  • Taking a vacation is good for your health! Studies have shown that a vacation can help to lower your risk of heart disease. It's also a proven way to improve your creativity. So if you have some writer's block or need to lower your stress, grab a friend and go on an adventure!
  • The surface area of Pluto is just under 6.5 million square miles. The CIA Factbook lists the area of Russia to be just over 6.6 million square miles. That makes Russia bigger than Pluto (and much closer to visit). Are you still very upset that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore?
  • The longest flight in the world is between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey. Depending on which way you're flying, it takes around 18.5 hours to complete the 9,534 miles of the journey. The flight is so long that it doesn't even have an economy class. Only first-class and business-class arrangements are offered.
  • There are over 61,000 people on a plane in the air over the U.S. at any given moment. That makes sense because the U.S. has one third of all the airports in the world. Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world with over 100 million total passengers every year since 2015.