The Grand Canyon may be a popular tourist destination for sightseers and families, yet few know just how dangerous it can be. Every so often we hear about someone getting too close to the edge while taking a selfie, ultimately falling to their death. On average, this happens 12 times per year, but is not why the canyon is on this list.
The breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon attract people from all over the world, many who aren’t familiar with the humidity found in Arizona. It’s not uncommon for visitors to experience heatstroke and dehydration, which can be deadly if not treated quickly.
Times Square, New York
Crime in New York City has certainly decreased since the ‘80s, however, that doesn’t mean it’s a safe haven. Tourists especially are at risk when visiting the Big Apple, and no trip to New York is complete without a walk through Times Square. Unfortunately, predators know this and see this area of the city as easy pickings.
Tourists are most likely to be targeted by pickpockets and thieves, as they tend to walk around with a lot of cash and don’t know to keep their phones and electronics hidden. In 2019, crime rates spiked in New York City, as more murders, robberies, and assaults were reported. As long as you keep your eyes open and don’t parade your money around, visiting Times Square doesn’t have to be dangerous!
Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii
Located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, you can’t take a car to Hanakapi’ai Beach. Those who wish to go there must first take on the Kalalau trail, which is known for being dangerous all on its own. The beach can be found approximately two miles into the hike and offers little relaxation for those who make the journey.
The waters are known for being deadly, as the strong current and large waves make them impossible to maneuver. A sign cautioning tourists to stay out of the waters indicates that over 80 people have lost their lives taking a dip in these waters, yet people continue to take the risk time and time again. Of those who have drowned at Hanakapi’ai Beach, 15 were never recovered.
Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
Red Rock Canyon in Nevada is best known for its picturesque views and large stones projecting a red hue. Its beauty attracts many tourists from all over the world, few who are experienced enough to handle hiking its rough terrain. Between Nevada’s sweltering heat and unstable boulders, the canyon can be difficult for anyone to take on.
Injuries reported in the area have gone up significantly as cliff diving has become more popular in recent years. Although illegal, adrenaline junkies are jumping from the cliffs into ponds below, neglecting to think of what lies beneath the water’s surface. Each year, one or two hikers go missing in the canyon and are later found dead.
Tuckerman Ravine, New Hampshire
Tuckerman Ravine is known as being a popular location for extreme skiing, as its steep slopes make it appealing to adrenaline junkies. Found in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, those who dare to take on the ravine must first hike several miles before they even can even begin. This, however, isn’t what makes this destination so dangerous.
Weather conditions in the area are known to change quickly and unexpectedly. Sudden nasty winds and snow make skiing far more difficult and cause deadly avalanches. With slopes at angles between 35 and 50 degrees, an unexpected storm often leaves skiers stranded and trapped in the ravine.